Former winner, Brendan Jones is the best of the Australians at the halfway mark of the Japan Golf Tour’s ANA Open in Sapporo, a second round of 66 an improvement of seven shots on his opening 73, leaving the 43-year old Canberra golfer tied for 20th and six shots behind Ryuko Tokimatsu.

The bounce-back of Jones, who won this event in 2016, was made even more impressive by that fact that he suffered a double bogey at his 11th hole in round two.

Jones has won 15 times on the Japan Golf Tour, the last of those victories coming earlier this year when winning the opening domestic event of the 2019 Japan Golf Tour season.

Another former winner of this event, Ryo Ishikawa, is just three shots from the lead following his second round of 64. Ishikawa must now be well and truly in the mind of International Presidents Cup captain, Ernie Els, as a possible pick for his side for Melbourne.

Ishikawa has played two previous Presidents Cups, one of those at Royal Melbourne and, with two victories and a 5th place in Japan in his last four starts, another win this week might well seal the deal for him.

Won Joon Lee, Dylan Perry and David Bransdon were the other Australians to make the cut, the trio tied for 33rd.


Photo shows Jones following his victory in this same event three years ago.