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Hendry and Smail seventh in Japan

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/07/2016

New Zealand golfers Michael Hendry and David Smail have finished locked in a share of seventh at the latest Japan Tour event in Chitose.

Hendry dropped two places with a final-round even par 72 at the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational, while Smail climbed five spots courtesy of a 69.

Both finished on nine-under, five strokes behind Japanese winner Hideto Tanihara.

It is the fourth-successive top-10 finish for Hendry, who is making a late bid for Rio Olympic selection.

He is eighth on the Japan Tour's money list with earnings of YEN29.7 million ($NZ403,000).

Meanwhile, Mathew Perry lost ground in spectacular fashion to place 14th at a PGA Tour China event in Jilin.

Perry shared the overnight lead but a closing five-over 77 ruined his hopes, with the lowlight being a quintuple bogey 10 on the par-five 13th hole.

The former New Zealand amateur champion finished on two-under, nine shots behind Korean winner Taewoo Kim.

Another New Zealander to fall away in his final round was Tim Wilkinson at the US PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Starting in 12th place, Wilkinson plunged to a share of 44th, scoring minus-three for the day after five bogeys and a birdie to end on 19 points under the modified stableford scoring format.

The winner was Greg Chalmers with 43 points, the Australian sealing his maiden victory on the tour after more than 380 starts with an eagle on the final hole.

Danny Lee was never in contention at the World Golf Championship tournament in Akron, Ohio, placing 56th in a field of 58.

The Kiwi No.1 closed with a four-over 74 to finish 21-over at the Bridgestone International, 27 shots behind American winner Dustin Johnson.

Recent US Open winner Johnson claimed victory when world No.1 Jason Day of Australia dropped four shots in his last four holes.

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