Graham Marsh of Australia scored an even-par 72 on Sunday (28 november) and coasted to a six-stroke victory in the US$200,000 Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament at Miyazaki, Kyushu.
GRAHAM MARSH TEEING OFF (16TH HOLE): MILLER BARBER AND TAKASHI MURAKAMI TEEING OFF (16TH HOLE): BEN CRENSHAW TEEING OFF: HSIEH MIN-NAN SINKING PUTT ON 18TH GREEN: JACK NICKLAUS TEEING OFF: MURAKAMI AND BARBER PUTTING ON 15TH GREEN: MARSH PUTTING ON 18TH GREEN.
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Background: Graham Marsh of Australia scored an even-par 72 on Sunday (28 november) and coasted to a six-stroke victory in the US$200,000 Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament at Miyazaki, Kyushu.
Playing in sunny and often gusty weather, the 32-year-old Australian from Perth, Western Australia, carded a brilliant 16-under-par 272 total that tied the tournament record set last year by Hubert Green of the United States.
The victory, Marsh's 12th in Japan, earned him US$40,000 -- the largest paycheck in his career.
Veteran American professional, Miller Barber, who clipped three strokes off the course record on Saturday, was second with a 278 total. Miller, who shot a 69 final round, collected US$21,557.
Takashi Murakami, Japan's World Cup golfer, was one stroke behind Barber when he shot an even-par 72 for a 279 total.
From the outset of this prestigious Japanese event, Marsh never relinquished the lead. He shared the opening round low score of 66 with defending champion Hubert Green, and on Friday he took the sole lead by two strokes.
"This probably is the most important victory I ever experienced because there were so many great players in this filed," Marsh said.
66 golfers from the U.S., Australia, Spain, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan competed in the final round over the 6,986-yard, par-72 Phoenix Country Club course in southern Japan.
Ben Crenshaw, runner-up Jack Nicklaus in the money winning list this year, closed with a 70 for a 281 and a tie with Taiwan's Hsieh Min-nan, who had a 67 final round.
Nicklaus, the pre-tournament favourite, was never a threat in his final outing of the year. He finished with a 75 on Sunday for a four-round total of 294.