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Quayle and Smyth head Australians in Japan

Another solid week for Queenslander Anthony Quayle in his rookie season in Japan. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australians Travis Smyth and Anthony Quayle have finished as the leading Australians at the Japan and Asian Golf Tour’s Asia Pacific Diamond Cup Golf event in Saitama in Japan.

Smyth, playing as an Asian Tour member, continued his recent run of good form in his rookie Asian Tour season to finish in a share of 21st with Japan Tour rookie Anthony Quayle whose final round of 68 saw him record his third best finish of the 2018 season.

The pair finished some 13 shots behind the runaway leader Yuta Ikeda who in winning his 20th Japan Tour title becomes the 8th player to win exactly 20 official titles on the Japan Golf Tour, that group including Australia’s Graham Marsh.

Ikeda is now just five victories from earning a lifetime membership on the Japan Golf Tour and is now the 7th highest earner of all time on that tour. His final round of  68 gave him a six shot victory over South Africa’s Justin Harding who has won two Asian and two Sunshine Tour events in 2018.

Brad Kennedy finished one shot behind Smyth and Quayle in a share of 26th place, while Queensland amateur, Shae Wools-Cobb, was 45th and Matthew Griffin 48th.  

Quayle moves to 38th on the Japan Tour money list with rookie season earnings of (equiv) A$190,000 which should be comfortably enough to retain his playing privileges for 2019.

Smyth is now 44th on the Asian Tour money list after 13 events in his rookie season with US$76,000.

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