Three birdies in his final nine holes saw the 38 year number move past the 27 year old Fujimoto who had taken the lead with an outward nine of 30 and when he (Fujimoto) added another birdie at the 12th he had taken the lead.
Liang has been playing the Japan Tour on a full-time basis since 2004 but has won only twice including but there have been many other highlights in his 18-year professional career including when becoming the first Chinese golfer to make the cut in a major, when he finished 8th at the 2010 PGA Championship and when winning the European Tour’s Singapore Masters in 2007.
Following on from Zhang Lian Wei, Chong became the leading Chinese player although he is currently the fifth highest ranked Chinese player after Li Hao Tong, Dou-Ze Cheng, Wu Ashun and Zhang Xin-jun.
South Australian Adam Bland began the final round just three shots behind the leader Liang but a final round of 71 would see him finish in a share of 8th position earning a cheque for some A$36,000 in the process and led the Australians. Bland’s third round of 65 swept him into contention before he slipped down the leaderboard today.
Todd Sinnott, playing his first event in Japan as a cardholder, finished 33rd after a final round of 67.
Matthew Griffin was 44th and Won Joon Lee 51st.
The Japan Tour now heads north to Chiba Prefecture for this week’s Panasonic Open.
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