Asian Tour member Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe savoured a breakthrough victory on the Japan Golf Tour after completing a wire-to-wire triumph at the Sansan KBC Augusta ‒ winning by one shot over local favourite Ryo Ishikawa on Sunday.
Vincent, who finished as the leading Asian Tour player at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month, had his wife, Kelsey, on the bag for him again at the Keya Golf Club ‒ where they won the Landic Challenge 7 tournament together on the Abema TV Tour in 2019.
The 29-year-old Zimbabwean closed with a bogey-free four-under-par 68 and a winning total of 17-under-par 271 to become the second player from his country to win on the Japan Golf Tour following Nick Price at the Suntory Open in 1999.
“I am surrounded by friends, and I have my loving wife besides me. I am surprised that we could win together again at Keya Golf Club,” said Vincent. “We added another great memory on my favourite course.”
Kelsey, a former star on Iceland’s professional soccer team, has been caddying for Vincent since they got married four years ago. “She watches my mental ups and downs when I play. She has never played golf, but she is perfect on yardages and reading the winds.
“During the tournament, you tend to think negative and all, but she tells me to calm down and be diligent. She is always by my side taking care of me. She is the world’s No.1 wife and a caddy,” Vincent added.
Vincent’s breakthrough also came a week after American Johannes Veerman, his good friend on the Asian Tour, won his first title on the European Tour at the D+D Real Czech Masters.