Queenslander Brad Kennedy has been defeated in a playoff at the Japan Tour’s season ending Golf Nippon Series event in Tokyo, his equal best round of the day (65) carrying him into a playoff against Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa who birdied the 3rd extra hole to win his third event of the season.

For Kennedy it was his best finish of the year in Japan and moved him to 18th place on the finalised money list for the year with earnings of A$ equivalent $720,000.

Considering Kennedy had bogeyed his opening hole on the final day it was a bold bid to win the event outright but he still earns a cheque for A$200,000 and finishes the year off in style as he now heads back to the Gold Coast for this week’s Australian PGA Championship.

Brendan Jones was the next best of the Australians when he tied for 5th in the 30-man field and finished as the leading Australian once again on the Japan Tour money list with earnings of A$735,000.

Anthony Quayle was 14th this week and Matthew Griffin 19th.