Tanihara erases bad memories with emphatic win

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Hideto Tanihara capped the 2020-21 season on the Japan Golf Tour with a win at the JT Cup. Photo: manilatimes.net
Hideto Tanihara capped the 2020-21 season on the Japan Golf Tour with a win at the JT Cup. Photo: manilatimes.net

The 2021-22 season on the Japan Golf Tour ended, and 43-year-old Hideto Tanihara won the final event as he captured his first JT Cup Major title.

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Hideto Tanihara started Sunday as solo leader but a bogey at the start made it tough for him as it allowed Tomoyo Ikemura, 26, to make a great charge. At one point, Tanihara was chasing Ikemara and a 2-stroke deficit.

But he succeeded in regaining lead with three birdies, and made a par save putt on the  18th.

“I tried to forget the bad memories, like the 3-putt for bogey last year, so it is nice to get even. I fought really hard today. I never thought that I could win a Major at 43, so I am really happy,” said Tanihara on the two-shot win.

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As for the Order of Merit race, Chan Kim took the crown. The American is the second international player to achieve the honour following David Ishii in 1987.

Takumi Kanaya became No 2 with a sole third this week. Ryosuke Kinoshita, who came into this week as No 2 on the Money List went down a rung. Tanihara was No 4 followed by Rikuya Hoshino.

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