Even a bogey at the final hole of his opening round at the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters in Japan today, was not enough to stop former winner, Brendan Jones, from taking a share of the first-round lead in one of the Japan Tour’s more significant events.

Jones, who won this event in 2007 with a huge putt from off the green or eagle at the 72nd hole after a birdie at the 71st, was round in 5 under 65 today to share the lead with Sung Hyun Park and Yusaku Miyazato.

An outward nine of 31 had Jones, who played in the second half of the field on day one, set up for a very low round but the back nine proved a little more demanding for the 43 year old.

Jones has also been runner-up in the event and has recorded several other top tens so this is a golf course he likes and he certainly made that clear again today.

Jones’s fellow Australian, David Bransdon, opened with a round of 68 to be tied for 7th, Anthony Quayle 69 and Brad Kennedy next best Australian after his round of 72.

The tournament carries prizemoney of nearly A$2.7 million.

photo below – Jones winning this event in 2007 – Getty Images