Saturday, November 05, 2011

D J RUSSELL WINS 120,000 Euros + A MERCEDES BENZ IN JAPAN


FROM THE EUROPEAN TOUR WEBSITE
North-Berwick based David J Russell won the biggest prize of his career this weekend by claiming the Fuji Film Senior Championship on the PGA of Japan Seniors Tour.
The 57-year-old Birmingham-born Englishman, who is attached to Archerfield Links,  travelled to the final tournament of the Japanese Senior season, which was won by Ian Woosnam in 2009, on an exemption for European Senior Tour players and it turned out to be a successful and lucrative venture as he walked away with 14,000,000 Japanese Yen (over €120,000) and a Mercedes Benz car.
Russell’s win came courtesy of a final round of 68, after his opening round of 67 was followed by a 70 and he finished on 11 under par, two shots clear of Jong-Duck Kim, while the Senior Tour’s reigning John Jacobs Trophy champion Boonchu Ruangkit finished tied for 24th place.
“I'm absolutely delighted,” said Russell, who equalled his best finish on the Senior Tour this year with a tied tenth finish at the Belas Clube de Campo Senior Open de Portugal in October.
“It’s really nice to win, especially with it being the biggest prize fund of my career, it’s a real boost.
“It was a great gesture from the PGA Tour of Japan to give an exemption to European Senior Tour players for their season-ending tournament and I wanted to acknowledge that and represent our tour out here at what is a great tournament.
“I’ll come back with a lot of tales, I learned a lot here, and hopefully now our Tour can work closely with the PGA Tour of Japan. I think this week has done a lot for the relationship between their tour and ours.
“They have some wonderful players out here and the tournament was really focussed around entertaining the crowds and making it a big atmosphere. There were big crowds and a lot of media focus from television and newspapers.”
The strong relationship between The European Tour and the PGA Tour of Japan culminated in the hosting of the Handa Cup Senior Masters at Ohmurasaki Golf Club in Saitama last November, which counted on the 2011 senior Tour schedule and was won by Massy Kuramoto.
Russell did struggle towards the end of his win with a knee injury that has dogged him this year but hopes to be back in action for the Senior Tour’s season-ending MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius on December 9-11.

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