New Zealand golfer David Smail has secured his best result of 2012 after firing an even par 72 in the final round of the Sun Chlorella Classic on the Japan Golf Tour.
The former New Zealand Open champion, who climbed eight places to a share of ninth place after a four under par 68 in the third round, dropped two places in the final round to finish tied for 11th.
The result earned him NZD$52,000.
Smail had rounds of 71, 70, 68 and 72 to finish on a seven under par total, eight shots back from the champion Australian Brendan Jones, who won by two shots.
Ryan Fox and Nick Gillespie have also been in good form with top 10 finishes at the Tropical Golf Classic on the Tropo Tour in Australia.
Gillespie carded rounds of 69, 71, 71 and 71 to finish tied for 7th while Fox finished 10th.
New Zealand No 1 Danny Lee and Steve Alker struggled on their respective tours, with Lee missing the cut at the PGA's Canadian Open and Alker missing the cut at the web.com Tour's Ohio Invitational.
Alker remains in 67th place on the web.com Tour standings and needs to finish inside the top 25 on the Order of Merit to automatically qualify for the PGA Tour in 2013.
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