Hamilton's David Smail ties for 18th in Japan

Last updated 07:46 23/09/2013

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An even par weekend has helped David Smail to his second-best finish of the season on the Japan Tour.

The Hamilton professional shot 72 on Saturday and yesterday to finish at six under and in a tie for 18th place at the Sapporo Golf Club's ANA Open in Hokkaido.

Smail was nine shots behind runaway leader Koumei Oda while fellow Kiwi Michael Hendry's pair of 73s on the weekend dropped him back to two under and in a tie for 33rd.

Smail has had a mixed season. The 43-year-old has made just seven cuts in his 14 Japan Tour tournaments this year and sits 59th on the money list with Y7,739,043 (NZ$93,500) earnings for the year.

His T18th is his best finish on the tour this year since the season-opening Thailand Open where he finished T12th.

Hendry is 47th on the money list with Y10,386,212 (NZ$125,400) from 12 tournaments of which he's made 10 cuts and has two top-20 finishes.

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- Fairfax Media

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