Australian Jones wins Mizuno Open in Japan
KASAOKA, Japan (AP) — Australia’s Brendan Jones shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and earn a spot in the field for the British Open.
The 38-year-old Jones, who started the final round with a two-stroke lead over South Korea’s Kim Tae-kyung, eagled the par-5 No. 6 at the Setonaikai Golf Club and added five birdies against three bogeys to finish at 19-under 269.
Kim finished three strokes back in second after a 69.
Jones collected $221,000 for his first win in Japan since winning the Sun Chlorella Classic in July 2012. Makoto Inoue was third, six strokes off the pace after a 68.
With his 13th win on the Japan tour, Jones reached $8.5 million in total earnings to surpass Japanese-American David Ishii as the leading non-Japanese money winner on the tour.
“I never imagined I would be able to do something like that,” Jones said.
Tetsuji Hiratsuka (68) and Shingo Katayama (72) tied for fourth at 11 under.
Japanese rookie Hideki Matsuyama, who has two victories and two runner-up finishes on the tour, missed the cut, a first for him since he turned pro in April.