第28回 日本シニアオープン ゴルフ選手権開催 第28回 日本シニアオープン ゴルフ選手権開催

A long-established major tournament
is to be held in Hokkaido for the first time
What kind of story will unfold
on this challenging 7,000 yard-plus course?

The history of the Japan Senior Open, which started in 1991, began with Seiichi Kanai winning for three consecutive years. However, that record was soon broken by Isao Aoki, who won for four consecutive years from the tournament’s fourth year. In subsequent years, the tournament saw special performances from players who were also active on the Regular Tour, such as Graham Marsh, who won for two consecutive years, as well as Katsunari Takahashi and Tsuneyuki Nakajima, who won three times each. Prayad Marksaeng, who made his debut on the Senior Tour won the championship for the first time in 2016, then again in 2017 leading for all four days. He is the favorite for 2018, but there will also be Toru Taniguchi and Toshimitsu Izawa - the “rookies” who will finally participate in the championship. It’s a national championship of fine golfers with a “smiles and respect” atmosphere characteristic of the Senior Tour. Another magnificent competition is expected to be seen in Hokkaido.

PLAYERS' EYE

Tips to conquer the Nidom Classic Nispa Course by professional golfers

  • Hole 9 (176 yards, par 3)
    by
    Katsunari Takahashi

    The contrast of the trees and creek on this hole is beautiful, but I feel there is danger hidden among the beauty. Although the hole drops approximately 10 meters to the green and looks straight toward the pin, it’s not really that simple. It’s important to read the wind precisely. Especially when the pin position is at the front right, the sight of the bunker and creek add pressure. Since the back of the green is fast, it’s desirable to hit the birdie putt from the front.

  • Hole 10 (349 yards, par 4)
    by
    Hideki Kase

    Although this is a short hole, the tree in the center of the fairway, the two bunkers on the left side and the creek on the right put extra pressure on the tee shot.
    I would hit the ball straight between the central tree and the creek with a fairway wood or slightly fade the ball along the shape of the fairway. Since it’s a short hole, it's important to keep the ball on the fairway, if you want to go for a birdie.

  • Hole 12 (476 yards, par 4)
    by
    Ryoken Kawagishi

    I think this hole is the key to the back nine. Although it’s usually a par 5, the tee position is changed slightly to the front to make it a long par 4 in this tournament. It’s desirable to keep the tee shot on the left side of the fairway. However, the second shot will still be long, and there is a large creek stretching from the front of the green to the right side. A par may be good enough for this difficult hole, but a birdie here can set you up for a great back nine.

  • Hole 13 (197 yards, par 3)
    by
    Masahiro Kuramoto

    Hole 13 is Nidom’s signature hole, the beauty of which attracts both players and the gallery. At the same time, it’s a very tough hole. It’s long, and there is a large lateral hazard in front of the green, which has steep undulations. Especially when the pin is placed in the front, it’s really hard to gauge the distance. Since the wind blows through the hole due to its topography, I assume players have a very hard time choosing clubs. It’s good result if you only manage to take an approach to the center and par the hole.

  • Hole 18 (434 yards, par 4)
    by
    Tsuneyuki Nakajima

    The difficulty level of this hole changes dramatically depending on the wind direction. The tee shot heaps on the pressure if you are in contention and the wind is blowing from your left. You should be careful of the bunker on the right side of the fairway. If you end up in the bunker, it’s a big problem as there is still a long distance to the green and you must hit the ball under the branches of the tree in the front. It can be an even bigger problem if the shot goes further to the right of the bunker as it will fall into a deep valley. The second shot is slightly uphill. It’s ideal to hit your second shot all the way to the pin, but it won’t be easy to actually achieve. It’s a wonderful finishing hole that puts you through a grueling final test.

Main players scheduled to participate

  • Isao Aoki

  • Tsuneyuki Nakajima

  • Tsukasa Watanabe

  • Takenori Hiraishi

  • Nobumitsu Yuhara

  • Naomichi Ozaki

  • Koki Idoki

  • Yutaka Hagawa

  • Hideki Kase

  • Katsunari Takahashi

  • Takeshi Sakiyama

  • Tze-Chung Chen

  • Frankie Minoza

  • Ikuo Shirahama

  • Shinichi Akiba

  • Kiyoshi Maita

  • Seiki Okuda

  • Nobuo Serizawa

  • Kazuhiro Takami

  • Katsumi Kubo

  • Tsuyoshi Yoneyama

Past winners