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Prolific winner Katayama claims another Japan Tour title

Katayama in one of his earlier wins (Photo: Japan Tour )
44 year old Shingo Katayama has won his 31st Japan Tour title with a comfortable 3&2 victory over South Korean Hyun-Woo RYU in today’s final of the ISPS Handa Match Play Championship at the Hamano Golf Club in Chiba Prefecture.

Katayama was never behind in his match against Ryu and went on to earn his latest victory 19 years after his first Japan Tour title in 1998.

Katayama, who has won most of the Japan Tour’s flagship titles including the Japan Open, the Japan PGA Championship, the Dunlop Phoenix, the Visa Taiheiyo Masters and the Crowns Tournament, has moved to 4th place on this season’s money list behind Chan Kim, Yusaku Miyazato and Shugo Imahira.

Michael Hendry was the leading Australasian this week although he was knocked out in the Quarter Finals, the New Zealander also now leading the Australasians on this season’s money list in 16th position with Brad Kennedy the next best in 20th place.

The Japan Tour now heads north to Hokkaido for this week’s ANA Open which will see the return to tournament golf of Kennedy who has been out of the game with an injured shoulder for the past three months.

Canberra's Brendan Jones will defend the title he won last year in Sapporo.

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Bruce Young
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