Ishikawa takes Japan Open lead

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Teenager Ryo Ishikawa moved into contention for a fifth Japan Tour title of the season at the Japan Open on Saturday.

Teenager Ryo Ishikawa moved into contention for a fifth Japan Tour title of the season after storming into a one-shot lead at the Japan Open with a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 at Musashi Country Club on Saturday.
The 18-year-old, fresh from winning three of his five matches for the International team in the Presidents Cup last week, carded seven birdies including a crucial three at the par-four 18th to move onto five under par overall after slipping down the leaderboard yesterday following a second-round 76.
Yasuharu Imano leads the pursuit of the six-time Japan Tour winner at four under after carding just one bogey in a solid third-round 70.
Hidemasa Hoshino blazed nine birdies during a third-round 66 to claim third at three under, with New Zealand’s David Smail a further shot back after a 72 and Shigeru Nonaka (70), Azuma Yano (70) and Ryuichi Oda (71) the only other players under par tied for fifth at one under.
Hiroyuki Fujita slipped back to level par after a third-round 75, a shot clear of joint overnight leader Han Lee after the American struggled to a four over 76.
Defending champion Shingo Katayama had moved up the leaderboard and into a tie for third at two under after a 70 yesterday, but fell back to two over after a third-round 76.

All the third-round scores from the Japan Open Golf Championship, Musashi Country Club Toyooka Course, Saitama, Japan.
(Jpn unless stated, par 72):

211 Ryo Ishikawa 70 76 65
212 Yasuharu Imano 73 69 70
213 Hidemasa Hoshino 72 75 66
214 David Smail (Nzl)) 71 71 72
215 Shigeru Nonaka 68 77 70, Azuma Yano 70 75 70, Ryuichi Oda 74 70 71
216 Hideto Tanihara 75 69 72, Taichi Teshima 69 75 72, Kazuhiro Yamashita 68 76 72, Brendan Jones (Aus) 73 70 73, Hirofumi Miyase 72 70 74, Hiroyuki Fujita 69 72 75
217 Ryutaro Nagano 69 75 73, Tomohiro Kondo 71 72 74, Han Lee 69 72 76
218 Shintaro Kai 72 74 72, Tetsuji Hiratsuka 75 71 72, Naoya Takemoto 70 75 73, Kenichi Kuboya 70 75 73, Makoto Inoue 72 73 73, Masaya Tomida 75 70 73, Sushi Ishigaki 70 74 74, Katsumasa Miyamoto 70 72 76, Shingo Katayama 72 70 76
219 Yoshinori Fujimoto 74 72 73, Kazuhiko Hosokawa 74 71 74, Kaname Yokoo 71 72 76
220 Yuta Ikeda 74 75 71, Steven Conran (Aus) 74 74 72, Kunihiro Kamii 76 72 72, Katsunori Kuwabara 73 73 74, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 73 72 75, Takashi Kanemoto 75 70 75, Koumei Oda 72 73 75, Tetsuya Haraguchi 76 69 75
221 Hyung-Sung Kim (kor) 71 77 73, Kiyoshi Miyazato 72 75 74, Satoshi Kodaira 76 70 75, Yuji Igarashi 69 76 76, Hatsuo Nakane 73 72 76, Toyokazu Hioki 69 75 77, Daisuke Maruyama 73 69 79
222 Masayoshi Nakayama 72 76 74, Satoru Hirota 75 70 77, Masahiro Kawamura 73 72 77, Toyokazu Fujishima 72 73 77, Tomoyuki Otsuka 73 71 78
223 Yudai Maeda 72 77 74, Toshinori Muto 77 72 74, Hidemichi Tanaka 73 73 77, Hideki Matsuyama 70 74 79
224 Tadaaki Kimura 76 73 75, Takeshi Kajikawa 74 74 76
225 Toshimitsu Izawa 73 75 77, Tomokazu Yoshinaga 77 71 77, Shinichi Akiba 73 74 78, Yasunori Yoshida 75 72 78
228 Mitsuhiro Tateyama 72 73 83
229 Yoshi Mizumaki 75 74 80
233 Tatsuhiro Hirai 77 72 84

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