Anthony Quayle – file photo Bruce Young
Queensland’s Anthony Quayle has recorded his best finish on the Japan Golf Tour in nearly two years with a share of 6th place at the ISPS Handa Championship in Ibaraki near Tokyo.
This was Quayle’s third event of the 2022 Japan Tour season after missing the cut in his first and then finishing 40th last week so this is a big improvement for the 27-year-old Gold Coast based golfer.
Quayle finished five shots behind the 23-year-old winner, Yuto Katsuragawa, who broke through for his maiden win with a one-shot victory over Rikuya Hoshino.
Quayle’s weekend was simply stunning producing rounds of 64 and 65 to jump from 43rd on Friday evening to his eventual share of 6th place.
“I think I did as much as I needed to. I thought I still stood a fighting chance. If only I had a few things gone my way,” said Quayle.
“Without the three bogeys, it could have been a nine-under to put me in a pretty good chance to contend at 22-under overall.
“But like I said yesterday, for me to make it happen, I would still need some help from the leaders, but they were all playing very well today.”
New Zealand’s Michael Henry finished 10th in his first start of the season after contracting Covid earlier in the year.
Brad Kennedy finished 16th, while Matthew Griffin and Brendan Jones were 43rd.