TOGO, Japan (AP) — Australia’s Brendan Jones won The Crowns on Sunday for his 10th Japan Tour title, beating South Korea’s I.J. Jang with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Jones closed with an even-par 70 to match Jang (68) at 9-under 271 on the Nagoya Golf Club course. Jones earned $295,000 for the milestone victory.
“I was thinking about that over the putt,” Jones said. “I knew that it was for my 10th win, and I’m just so happy that it went in.”
Shingo Katayama (66), Koichiro Kawano (66) and Park Sung-Joon (67) tied for third at 8 under. Ryo Ishikawa, the Japanese star who shot a record-setting 12-under 58 to win the event last year, had a 70 to tie for 12th at 3 under.