Jones leads 5 others at U.S. Open sectional in Japan

Brendan Jones of Australia won the 2010 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.
Brendan Jones of Australia won the 2010 Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Brendan Jones will be making a return trip to the U.S. Open.

The 37-year-old Australian shot rounds of 66 and 68, finishing at 10 under to claim the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament on May 20 at Lake Hamamatsu CC in Shizuoka, Japan.

Jones’ first U.S. Open appearance came in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills CC in Southampton, N.Y., where he missed the cut.

Toru Taniguchi of Japan placed second at 7 under to join Jones in qualifying for the June 14-17 tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

J.B. Park and Dong-Hwan Lee of Korea, and Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita and Tadahiro Takayama also advanced out of the 40-man field.

Wen-Chong Lian of the People’s Republic of China will be the first alternate.