Sunday, April 23, 2017

Noda City, Chiba, Japan: Japan’s Kenichi Kuboya kept the Panasonic OPEN Japan trophy on home soil when he defeated compatriot Katsumasa Miyamoto at the first play-off hole on Sunday.
Victory at the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.37million) event was the first for the 45-year-old in five years and also provided him with much relief as he was facing the prospect of losing his winner’s exemption status on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) this year.
Kuboya produced a final day heroics when he signed for a seven-under-par 64 to force a play-off with Miyamoto who compiled a four-day total of 11-under-par 273 at the Chiba Country Club.
Kuboya then gained the early advantage when Miyamoto hit his tee shot out of bounds at the first play-off hole.
After finding further trouble with his second tee shot which landed behind the tree and with Kuboya reaching the green in three, Miyamoto would concede defeat to Kuboya who could even afford to three-putt for a bogey to win.
Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan had a closing eagle-three on 18 to thank for lifting him to tied-sixth place, which was also his second top-10 finish in Japan in two weeks.
Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng’s final-day charge did not materialise as he signed off with a 72 that left him in a share of ninth place that also included Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman.

Par 284 (4x71). Yardage: 7,130
273 - Kenichi KUBOYA (JPN) 69-71-69-64, Katsumasa MIYAMOTO (JPN) 69-68-68-68.
*Kuboya defeated Miyamoto with a bogey at the first play-off hole

274 - Seunghyuk KIM (SKOR) 68-70-67-69, Mikumu HORIKAWA (JPN) 73-68-63-70, Junggon HWANG (SKOR) 69-69-65-71.
275 - I.J. JANG (SKOR) 69-71-69-66, K.T. KIM (SKOR) 70-67-70-68, Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI) 68-67-71-69.
276 - Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) 72-70-69-65, Wonjoon LEE (AUS) 71-67-71-67, Yoshinori FUJIMOTO (JPN) 70-68-68-70, Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 68-69-67-72.
277 - Mingyu CHO (SKOR) 71-67-70-69.
278 - Udorn DUANGDECHA (THA) 66-72-75-65.
279 - Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 69-73-70-67, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 67-68-74-70, Yujiro OHORI (JPN) 70-65-74-70, Sungjae IM (SKOR) 71-68-70-70, Shugo IMAHIRA (JPN) 70-70-69-70, Jason KNUTZON (USA) 64-69-75-71, Hyungsung KIM (SKOR) 67-71-70-71, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 69-69-69-72, Shunsuke SONODA (JPN) 72-70-65-72.
280 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 70-70-72-68, Jinichiro KOZUMA (JPN) 69-71-71-69, Tatsuya KODAI (JPN) 72-70-68-70, LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 72-69-68-71, Inhoi HUR (SKOR) 67-68-73-72, Kyungnam KANG (SKOR) 68-71-67-74.




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