3rd June 2019 | Asian Tour

Overseas Watch: Ikeda claims win #21 on the Japan Tour

Ibaraki, Japan, June 3: Asian Tour stalwart Yuta Ikeda captured his 21st victory on the Japan Golf Tour after closing with a one-under-par 71 to win by one shot over American Chan Kim at the Gate Way to The Open Mizuno Open on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Ikeda, who has won at least a tournament in every single season on his domestic circuit since breaking through in 2009, also earned a coveted spot for The 148th Open, where he will be making his eighth and fifth consecutive appearance at Royal Portrush next month.

Ikeda, a two-time Asian Tour winner, fired five birdies against four bogeys to compile a four-day total of seven-under-par 281 at the Royal Country Club located in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, which played to a distance of 8,016 yards in the third round.

Chan matched Ikeda’s final round efforts to settle for runner-up finish while Asian Tour members Sanghyun Park of Korea and Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul posted impressive rounds of 67 and 68 respectively to share third place on matching 284s.

The trio also punched their tickets to The 148th Open by virtue of being the leading four players who finish in the top-12 and ties and not already exempt at The Mizuno Open, which is part of The Open Qualifying Series.

Rising star Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, a three-time Asian Tour winner, kept up his chase for a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open by closing with a 71 to finish in a share of fifth place at The Mizuno Open.

The 23-year-old Jazz, who was ranked 70th place on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) last week, needs to break into top-60 on the world ranking by June 10 to qualify for the year’s third Major championship at Pebble Beach.

Over at the Belgian Knockout, 2017 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Gavin Green of Malaysia secured a credible fifth place finish to mark his best result yet on the European Tour this season.

Green, who was tied in seventh place after two rounds of stroke-play, battled his way into the round of 16 on Saturday where he defeated home favourite Thomas Detry by one shot to get into the quarter-finals of the nine-hole medal match play on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Green failed to qualify for the semi-finals after losing to Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson by one shot at the Rinkven International Golf Club in Antwerp but would take pride in his solid result, which also marks his fourth top-10 finish in 56 starts on the European Tour.

At the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide 2019, Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat signed for a two-under-par 70 to settle for a share of 17th place at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

After firing four birdies to turn in 32, Kiradech dropped a shot on the 10th before recovering with a birdie on 15th. The 30-year-old Thai, however, stumbled with a double-bogey on 16 to end his campaign 13 shots back of winner Patrick Cantlay.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand

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