A team of Japanese golfers beat a United States team in a three-day tournament in Hashimoto in Japan on Sunday (25 November).
A team of Japanese golfers beat a United States team in a three-day tournament in Hashimoto in Japan on Sunday (25 November). The Japanese win was the team's first success in three annual professional matches against the Americans.
The Japanese turned in a score of 606 against the Americana 622 for respective totals of 1,785 and 1,802 on the difficult, hilly, 7200-yard par-72 Hashimoto Country Club course. The famous American professional, Arnold Palmer was among the United States players. He took third place with a total five-over-par 221. Prize money for the tournament, was put up by the Asahi Broadcasting Co. which sponsored the event.
Greens and fairways, soggy from a night's rain, piled points on the players' Sunday scores. The best on Sunday were one-over-par 72's by Haruo Yasuda and Takashi Murakmi, both beating Palmer.
Al Geiberger, winner of the PGA championship in 1966, sank a four-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th hole, to win the individual prize. by a two-stroke margin. He shot a four-over-par 76, for a two-over-par 218 over 54 holes.
Murakami had a four-over-par 20 for second place.
The famous Japanese player, Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki, who shot a brilliant seven-under-par 65 on Saturday, for a two-over-par 146 total, disappointed his many fans by shooting a four-over-par 76 in the final round, giving him a six-over-par 222 total. He tied for fourth place with two others.