Jones fires 62 for 11th win in Japan

Australian Brendan Jones fired a 9-under 62 on Sunday to win the Japanese golf tour’s season-opening Token Homemate Cup by two strokes.

Jones, who started the final round tied for sixth, three strokes off the lead, carded nine birdies – including six on the back nine – to finish at 15-under 269 for his 11th career victory in Japan.

The 37-year-old Jones took the lead with his first of four straight birdies on the 14th hole and finished two strokes ahead of Ryuichi Oda, who shot a 65.

”That was probably one of the best rounds of my life,” said Jones, who collected the $320,000 winner’s prize. ”To do it in front of so many people in the gallery, it’s just a dream start to 2012.”

Overnight leader Shingo Katayama had a 69 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth at 11 under. Crowd favorite Ryo Ishikawa shot an even-par 71 to finish in 10th place at 7 under.

”I drove the ball well all day, but I just didn’t make putts. Golf is difficult,” the 20-year-old Ishikawa said. ”You have to do well in both ball striking and putting.”