KIWI PRO WATCH: SMAIL SECURES TOP 15 FINISH IN JAPAN

12/11/2012

Hamilton professional David Smail has shot an even par 72 in the final round of the Taiheiyo Masters to secure a top 15 finish on the Japan Golf Tour.

 

 


The 42-year-old Smail, who has played for 15 consecutive years on the Japan Golf Tour, had rounds of 68, 68, 74 and 72 to finish on a six under par total, nine shots back from champion Japan’s Rio Ishikawa.

 

Smail earned $33,000 (NZD) and climbed to 52ndon the Japan Golf Order of Merit. He needs to finish inside the top 70 on the money list to secure his card for next year on tour.

 

He may have company in 2013 as North Harbour professional Michael Hendry has progressed to the final stage of qualifying for the Japan Tour.

 

The New Zealand PGA Champion had rounds of 71, 67 and 69 for a six under par total to finish 21stin the qualifying event and make the cut for the next stage by two shots.

 

Over in Spain for the second stage of European Tour Qualifying Josh Geary and Ben Campbell weren’t so fortunate.

 

Geary, who has finished as the leading Kiwi for the past three years at the New Zealand Open, had rounds of 74, 74, 69 and 71 at Las Colinas Golf and Country Club to finish on a four over par total and miss the mark by eight shots.

 

Meantime, Campbell had rounds of 84, 73, 73 and 70 at the El Valle Golf Resort to finish on a 16 over par total and in 73rdplace. The former NZ Amateur rep was 19 shots off the qualifying mark.

 

His namesake Michael Campbell lost some momentum on the Race to Dubai at the Singapore Open.

 

Cambo had rounds of 70 and 74 at the Sentosa Golf Club to finish on a two over par total and miss the cut by one shot.

 

He is currently in 83rdplace on the Race to Dubai standings and needs to finish inside the top 60 to qualify for the Dubai World Championship.

 

New Zealand No.1 Danny Lee has failed to keep his PGA Tour card for 2013 and will head to the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying.

 

The former US Amateur champion needed to finish inside top-three players at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to finish inside the top 125 players on tour.

 

If Lee had finished inside the top 10 players in Florida he would have earned conditional status and about 15 starts next year.

 

But he never threatened either of those results. Lee had rounds of 74 and 72 for a two-over total and missed the cut.

 

He finished 166thon the PGA Tour money lost after earning $416,000 (NZD). If he had finished inside the top 150 players Lee would have earned entry into the final stage of qualifying school.

 

Lee will be joined at the second stage by web.com Tour players Geary, Tim Wilkinson and Steve Alker who failed to progress by finishing inside the top 25 players on the money list.

 

 

 

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