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Jones: No Slow Play In Japan

There is no issue with pace of play on the Japan Golf Tour, says Brendan Jones. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Pace of play is not a problem for every professional tour, according to Canberra native and prolific Japan Golf Tour winner Brendan Jones.

Speaking on Episode 49 of the iSeekGolf Podcast, Jones said the speed of golf in Japan is considerably faster than the five-and-a-half hour rounds that have become commonplace on the PGA Tour in the US and more in line with the pace of play of weekend club golfers.

“We pretty much run up there, that’s one thing that is different in Japan to the rest of the world,” Jones said.

“Most of our rounds professionally would only take four hours and 20 minutes so we are playing quite fast out there and a lot of the international players that do come to Japan really notice how quick our rounds are up there.

“We can play in four hours and 20 [minutes]; I can’t understand why other parts of the world can’t do that.”

Jones has won 14 times on the Japan Golf Tour between his first victory in 2002 to his last at the 2016 ANA Open.

Speaking with iSeekGolf Podcast host Rod Morri and iSeekGolf writer Bruce Young, Jones also spoke about his simplistic approach to golf which, compared to others pros, doesn’t involve a lot of hours on practice fairways and putting greens.

“I really don’t get too technical about anything,” the 43-year-old said.

“I don’t practice a lot compared to even people back in the day, like, I really don’t do a lot but I think about what I need to away from the golf course.

“It’s not all about going and grinding out on the range because I’ve been playing golf for 35 years. My golf swing’s not really going to change too.

“When I do go and practice, I don’t practice for a long time but I practice on what I’m not good at.”

Jones also touched on why he chooses to commute to Japan from his home in Canberra, his recent meeting with Laura Davies and memories of going head-to-head with Tiger Woods when the 14-time major winner was still at the peak of his powers.


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