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Perry and Lee struggle on final day at Mizuno Open

Lee stayed in touch before late bogeys proved costly (Photo: Japan Tour )
Won Joon Lee and Dylan Perry have finished as the leading Australians in 14th position at the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open after both struggled to rounds of 76 and 77 respectively on the final day in Ibaraki.

Lee began the day in 3rd position and just two shots from the lead of eventual winner Yuta Ikeda and although he stayed close to the lead through the opening six holes, dropped shots late in his front and closing nines saw him spiral down the leaderboard.

Perry, playing his rookie season in Japan, was also well placed with just four holes to play but fell victim to a triple bogey at his 16th hole costing him a chance of a top ten.

Both players earned the equivalent of $A18000 but it was a case of what might have been.

Brad Kennedy finished as the next best of the Australians in 22nd place and Anthony Quayle 24th.

Brendan Jones who missed the cut this week remains as the leading Australian on the 2019 Japan Tour money list, the Canberra golfer in 3rd place behind the current leader Jazz Wattananond who finished strongly this week to be in 5th place.

The winner, Ikeda, finished one shot ahead of 2017 champion, Chan Kim, to record his 21st victory on the Japan Golf Tour, a third round of 66, the best of the week, playing a big role in setting up the victory.

The Japan Tour now remains in Ibaraki for this week’s Japan Golf Tour Championship.

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