QUEENSLANDER Brad Kennedy has claimed his first title in Japan, blitzing the 2012 Mizuno Open field by three strokes.
As a bonus, Kennedy also earned a spot in the British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes this year, with the tournament doubling as the Japan Golf Tour qualifying event.
Just days after his 38th birthday, Kennedy shot a 6-undeer 66 for a 72-hole total of 17-under after earlier rounds of 72, 68 and 65.
Kennedy, into his second season in Japan, also tasted success at the New Zealand Open last December.
“I’m just stoked to break through over here and to get into the British Open,” Kennedy said.
Nick Cullen, who at 10th was the next best Aussie finisher, already had an Open start courtesy of International Final Qualifying Australasia in Melbourne earlier this year.
Brendan Jones, who finished in 22nd position, will also be at the Open thanks to his position on the Japan Tour money list.