Ishikawa charges into the lead

Teenaged star Ryo Ishikawa has shot 65 to move into a one-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Fujisankei Classic.

Teenaged star Ryo Ishikawa blazed around the Fujizakura Country Club to a bogey-free six-under-par 65 on Friday to move into a one stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Fujisankei Classic.
Four-time Japan Tour winner Ishikawa, who turns 18 later this month, made his move to eight under overall with a run of three straight birdies at the end of his back nine to claim the lead ahead of Kenichi Kuboya.
Ishikawa, who made his first cut at a major in last month’s PGA Championship, had looked on course for a third Japan Tour title of the season last week after leading heading into the final round of the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta, but was forced to settle for third place.
Kuboya dropped just one shot in a five under 66 to claim second ahead of Toshinori Muto (65) and overnight leader Kouki Idoki, who could only follow up his first round 65 with a second round 71.
Veteran Shingo Katayama, a 26-time Japan Tour winner, chipped in with a solid three under 68 to move onto four under and alone in fifth, a shot clear of Tomohiro Kondo (67) and Yusaku Miyazato (68).