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Yosuke Tsukada wins first Japan Tour title Michael Hendry runner-up

The New Zealander Hendry building on a slow start to the season (Photo: Bruce Young)
Yosuke Tsukada has won his first Japan Golf Tour title with one shot victory over New Zealander Michael Hendry at the rather grandly named JGT Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills in Ibaraki Japan.

The 31 year old Tsukada has generally struggled on the Japan Golf Tour since first joining it in 2010 but today he reeled of a brilliant final round of 66 (by three shots the best round of the day on the demanding layout) to move from his overnight 12th position and secure his maiden victory.

Hendry, who just a week ago blew a great opportunity to win the Mizuno Open, began this week’s event with an opening round of 76 but three consecutive rounds of 69 saw him make up a lot of ground.

It was Hendry's best finish in Japan since winning the Token Homemate Open in April of last year and he now heads the Australasians on this year’s money list where he is currently 8th.

South Australian Adam Bland recovered from a roller coaster through the middle of his round today to birdie his final four holes and finish in a share of 3rd position with New Zealand Open runner-up Hideto Tanihara.

Queenslander Brad Kennedy also had a good week when he finished in a share of 9th place.

The Japan Tour now has a three week break ahead of the ISPS Handa Global Open in Ishikawa.

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