Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned #PanasonicOPEN

Mon 24 Apr 2017

Monday Rewind: 5 things we learned #PanasonicOPEN

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Sentosa, Singapore, April 24: Here are five interesting things you need to know from the recently-concluded Panasonic OPEN Japan.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]1[/dropcap]When Kenichi Kuboya won the Japan Open title in 2012, he started the final round six shots back of the leader. He overcame a six-shot deficit again in the final round of the Panasonic OPEN Japan, claiming his seventh title on the Japan Golf Tour and first on the Asian Tour.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]2[/dropcap]Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman made it into the weekend rounds right on the cutline after rounds of 72 and 70. He started his final round eight shots back in tied-37th place but a closing 65, which was the second-best score of the day, propelled him to a commendable tied-ninth finish at the Panasonic OPEN Japan. It was his best ever result in Japan since turning professional in 2007.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]3[/dropcap]Playing as a tournament invite, American Jason Knutzon found himself in dreamland after holding the lead for the first two rounds. The Panasonic OPEN Japan was Knutzon’s first tournament in four months. The two-time Asian Tour winner eventually finished tied for 15th following a closing 71.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]4[/dropcap]The par-three 16 hole was named ‘The Gallery Hole’ and modelled after the Phoenix Open event on the PGA TOUR where a party-like atmosphere was created for all fans to cheer on their favourite players. The 204-yard hole was ranked the 10th most difficult hole at the Chiba Country Club's Umesato course with a scoring average of 2.982. A total of 57 birdies, 289 pars, 48 bogeys and one double-bogey were made on that hole throughout the week.
[dropcap style="default, circle, box, book"]5[/dropcap]Panasonic also introduced the non-contact vital sensing monitor on the 16th hole where a radar sensor was used to detect the heartbeat of players as they played that hole.