A team of Japanese golfers beat a United States team in a three-day tournament in Hashimoto in Japan on Sunday (25 November).
GV PAN Hashimoto Golf Club
CU Doug Sanders (USA) tees off
CU Takaki, (Japan) tees off
CU Arpold Palmer (USA) tess off
GV Gallery following players PAN TO fairway
SV Masashi Ozaki, uses fairway wood
SV Chichi Rodrigues (USA) walking
SV Ozaki sinks five-foot putt
SV Palmer uses fairway wood
SV Takashi Murakami chips onto green
SV Palmer sinks short putt
CU Murakami sinks short putt
SV PAN Al Geibergar chips on green close to flag
CU PAN Geiberger sinks putt and acknowledges applause
Cu Geiberger with individual trophy
SV Crowd watches as Takashi Kurihara holds trophy with Sanders and Palmer on rostrum
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Background: A team of Japanese golfers beat a United States team in a three-day tournament in Hashimoto in Japan on Sunday (25 November). The Japanese win was the team's first success in three annual professional matches against the Americans.
The Japanese turned in a score of 606 against the Americana 622 for respective totals of 1,785 and 1,802 on the difficult, hilly, 7200-yard par-72 Hashimoto Country Club course. The famous American professional, Arnold Palmer was among the United States players. He took third place with a total five-over-par 221. Prize money for the tournament, was put up by the Asahi Broadcasting Co. which sponsored the event.
Greens and fairways, soggy from a night's rain, piled points on the players' Sunday scores. The best on Sunday were one-over-par 72's by Haruo Yasuda and Takashi Murakmi, both beating Palmer.
Al Geiberger, winner of the PGA championship in 1966, sank a four-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th hole, to win the individual prize. by a two-stroke margin. He shot a four-over-par 76, for a two-over-par 218 over 54 holes.
Murakami had a four-over-par 20 for second place.
The famous Japanese player, Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki, who shot a brilliant seven-under-par 65 on Saturday, for a two-over-par 146 total, disappointed his many fans by shooting a four-over-par 76 in the final round, giving him a six-over-par 222 total. He tied for fourth place with two others.