Molinari leads in Japan

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European Challenge Tour number one Edoardo Molinari moved into a one-shot lead at the Dunlop Phoenix on Saturday.

European Challenge Tour number one Edoardo Molinari carded a third-round two-under-par 69 to move into a one-shot lead at the Dunlop Phoenix today.
Italy’s Molinari posted four birdies against two bogeys to move onto eight-under-par with Sweden’s Robert Karlsson (68) second alongside overnight leader Kenichi Kuboya (71).
Molinari has won three times this season and recorded a further nine top-10 finishes to set a Challenge Tour earnings record for a season to ensure a return to the European Tour.
Reigning European Tour Order of Merit champion Karlsson, who only returned to action in October after four months on the sidelines with an eye injury, finished with three consecutive birdies to post the equal best round of the day.
Katsumasa Miyamoto (69), South Korea’s Kim Kyung-tae (69), Tadahiro Takayama (71), Ryuichi Oda (72) and Yudai Maeda (73) shared fourth, three shots adrift.
Japan Tour money leader Ryo Ishikawa carded a level par 71 to share 20th alongside Vijay Singh (70) at one-under-par, with Yuta Ikeda, who is second on the money list behind the 18-year-old, tied for 56th at six over after a third-round 73.

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