Choi breaks through in Japan

28 year old American golfer Jay Choi has today won his first Japan Golf Tour title with a final round of 65 to defeat long time leader, Yoshinori Fujimoto to win the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open in Shizuoka to the south of Tokyo.

Choi was there to take advantage of the late stumble by the rookie Fujimoto who appeared to have the title in his safe keeping before two late bogeys cost him dearly.

Korean born but educated in the US, Choi has been a solid performer on the Japan Golf Tour for the last two years but today he was able to break through.

Hideto Tanihara finished alone in third position while Kurt Barnes produced a powerful final round of 65 to finish 4th.

Brendan Jones finished in a four way tie for 6th after he dropped several shots late in his round when contending for a top three finish.

Jones retains his lead on the 2012 money list having been twice 6th in addition to his win earlier in the season in his five starts to date in 2012.