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Japan Tour's Mysterious ISPS Handa Match Play underway

Matthew Griffin is one of three Australasians to advance. (Photo: Bruce Young)
The Japan Tour’s lucrative ISPS Handa Match Play has completed the first stage of its two part programme with 24 players from this week's play now to advance to the second half of the event which is to be played in early September.

Not that the golfing world would have necessarily have known it. The lack of information available on one of that Tour's most lucrative events required a forensic scientist to decipher the unique and interesting format but after some due diligence we are now able to describe just how this will all work. 

The 24 players who progressed from the opening two rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week will be joined by eight of the leading money winners from the 2016 Japan Tour money list in a Round of 32 match on September 6th.

Those eight leading players, who were exempt from this early stage, are Yuta Ikeda, Hideto Tanihara, Shugo Imahira, Kim Kyung-Tae, Song Young-Han, Daisuke Kataoka, Satoshi Kodaira and Shaun Norris.

Only three Australasians have progressed to the second stage of the A$2.5 million event, Matthew Griffin, Won Joon Lee and Michael Hendry all successful this week and now hoping to play their way into the final on September 10th.

Griffin will play South African Shaun Norris in the next round, while Hendry will tackle Lee in a trans-Tasman encounter.

Hopefully by the time September comes around we will have more information available on which to build a story. 

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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