ZIMBABWEAN professional golfer Scott Vincent sat on top of the world yesterday after claiming his second Japan Golf Tour victory with the ANA Open victory at the Sapporo Golf Club Wattsu Course in Hakkaido, Japan.
Vincent (29), who has been on a mission in Japan since attending the recent Tokyo Olympics in 2020, has pocketed around US $ 909,300 for his efforts.
With American wife Kelsey Kruger on the sack, the duo dominated the course with a final score of 18 under par of 270.
The duo have had a pretty busy schedule in Japan this year after representing Zimbabwe at the Tokyo Olympics.
Vincent, who recorded his first Japan Golf Tour victory a fortnight ago at the Sansan KBC Augusta in Fukuoka Prefecture, was already feeling the victory after pulling to the top of the standings after the second round on Saturday.
Vincent hugged his lovely wife, Kelsey, and said how awesome she is and nothing about her golf.
“My great performance owed to the support of my wife. In fact, his support is the only reason for my great performance today. I have the best cart.
Vincent was so busy having fun with his wife that he didn’t notice it was the birthday of Japanese professional golfer Ryo Ishikawa, even though it was originally announced.
“I guess I didn’t understand the Japanese ad. Is he 30 years old today? I should have congratulated him. I’ll do it later.
The victory was Vincent’s second after winning the Sansan KBC Augusta a fortnight ago. It didn’t take long for the Zimbabwean to claim his second Tour victory.
He started the final round tied for third with three strokes behind, but managed to birdie four from his starting holes and caught up with the leader.
Then his eagle in the ninth, hitting an eight-yard putt, gave him the direct advantage with a three-stroke margin.
Many players struggled in the strong windy conditions, but the Augusta Sansan KBC winner Augusta was not affected at all.
The runner-up was again Tomoharu Otsuki while number two Money Ranker Ryosuke Kinoshita finished third with Mikumu Horikawa.
And Azuma Yano, 44, who was aiming for his victory, from which he has been absent for 13 years, finished with 13 under and was tied for fifth place.
ANA support professional Ryo Ishikawa ended his tournament with a score of 9 under, tied for 16th place.
Vincent played beautifully with bogey free nine birdies to score 63 and caught up with first-round leader Jbe Kruger of South Africa.
Vincent has been exceptional in his last four holes, and he said they were so excited to see the result.
In the 18th final, his high trajectory two roughs up on the right side reached 4.5 meters from the spit to close the day with four consecutive birdies.
The conditions were windy and difficult, but Vincent scored nine birdies.
He’s a fade hitter.
“The strong wind came from the left side at the start of the 9th. It was a tough task, but I steered my shot to the left and my course strategy was successful.
The gusts of wind tripped many players and at one point Vincent had a five-stroke lead.
“In general, I don’t look at the standings, but the 16th, I discovered that I had a big margin compared to the crowd. I accidentally glanced at the board and it put pressure on me, but I told myself to play consistently keeping the fairways and putting the ball on the green. Then there will be someone who catches up with me.
Now Vincent’s silver ranking has dropped to 8th place. This year, the PGA and JGTO co-sanctioned ZOZO Championship (scheduled for October) returns to Japan, and Vincent’s ZOZO standings are up to 2nd place.
“I really want to win the ticket to the ZOZO Championship. I also want to increase my world ranking and get closer to playing the US PGA Tour, which is my ultimate dream.
During the summer vacation, Vincent returned to Colorado, United States, to be vaccinated.
“The round trips will put us under two weeks of restriction and it’s embarrassing. I plan to stay in Japan until the end of the year, but so Kelsey says she wants to go home. I have to make her wish come true, because I couldn’t do anything without her. Vincent’s schedules all depend on his beloved wife, but Kelsey seems rather happy that one of the winner’s prizes is the Bulgari bag.
In their first win at Sansan KBC Augusta, they had spicy noodles as a potent meal. On Saturday they were having sushi, and last night they were to celebrate with “Genghis Khan,” a Mongolian-style mutton barbecue, which is quite a famous specialty in Hokkaido Prefecture. – Japan Golf Tour / Sports reporter.