Takayama rediscovers winning feeling at Sun Chlorella
OTARU, Japan – Tadahiro Takayama held his nerve down the stretch to claim a welcomed victory in the 150 million yen (about US$1.7 million) Sun Chlorella Classic.
The 32-year-old ended a frustrating five-year victory drought on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation schedule.
Maintaining a calm exterior, Takayama outlasted his co-overnight leader Dinesh Chand of Fiji at Otaru Country Club to secure his third career JGTO title.
LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES
271 - Tadahiro Takayama (JPN) 66-71-64-70
274 - Dinesh Chand (FIJ) 66-68-67-73
276 - Tetsuji Hiratsuka (JPN) 70-66-71-69; Liang Wen-chong (CHN) 69-67-68-72
278 - Bae Sang-moon (KOR) 71-68-68-71
279 - Shigeki Maruyama (JPN) 73-69-67-70
280 - Brendan Jones (AUS) 71-71-68-70; Tetsuya Haraguchi (JPN) 72-69-69-70
281 - Kiyoshi Miyazato (JPN) 68-70-75-68; Kim Do-hoon (KOR) 71-69-72-69; Yuta Ikeda (JPN) 73-71-67-70; Kim Hyung-tae (KOR) 71-66-72-72
282 - Makoto Inoue (JPN) 71-71-73-67
283 - Mamoru Osanai (JPN) 69-74-72-68; Kim Kyung-tae (KOR) 68-74-70-71; Nobuhiro Masuda (JPN) 73-69-70-71; Ryo Ishikawa (JPN) 73-74-63-73
284 - Takashi Kanemoto (JPN) 73-70-70-71; Yoshikazu Haku (JPN) 70-70-72-72; Hur In-hoi (KOR) 67-75-68-74
“My previous win was five years ago, so I don’t really remember how I won,” Takayama said. “There were times I had to stay sidelined because of injuries. This win is a huge confidence boost. I’ll try hard to win two more events this year.’’
While Takayama closed with a 2-under 70 for a four-round aggregate of 17-under 271, Chand made some costly errors on the back nine as he signed off with a 73.
Chand (274) finished alone in second place, two shots in front of Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Chin’'s Liang Wen-chong in joint third.
A Takayama bogey at 11 handed the lead to Chand, but the Fijian promptly dropped a shot at the short 12th to even things up again. Takayama then pulled clear thanks to a birdie at the long 13th and another bogey from Chand at the 15th. A birdie-2 for Takayama at 17 proved to be enough.
But there was disappointment for the fans. Defending champion Ryo Ishikawa’s anticipated final-day charge failed to materialize.
The teenager dropped shots at three of the five opening holes. He eventually posted a 73 that left him in equal 14th at 283.