Brendan Jones again leading the Australians in Japan – file photo – click to expand

Following its traditional midsummer break, the Japan Golf Tour returns to action this week when the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Sega Sammy Cup is played at the North Country Golf Club near Sapporo in Hokkaido.

The Japan Tour has not played a domestic event since the Japan PGA Championship completed on July 7th and won by Ryo Ishikawa and now the remaining 16 events on the 2019 Japan Golf Tour are to be played in consecutive weeks between now and early December.

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond begins the second half of the season as the leader of the 2019 money list having a victory and three other top five finishes to his name in just seven Japan Tour events to date.

The highly talented 23 year old has, however, played several other events around the world including a victory at the Korean Open, a top five finish at the New Zealand Open and an impressive 14th place finish at the US PGA Championship.

Australasians in this week’s field include the current leading Australian on this year’s money list, Brendan Jones, who won early in the season, new father, Matthew Griffin, Won Joon Lee, Brad Kennedy, Anthony Quayle, David Bransdon, Dylan Perry and New Zealander, Michael Hendry.