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Oba holds Chukyo lead

Kyodo

Michie Oba clung onto the top of the leaderboard when a shaky second round saw her lead cut to one shot after two rounds of the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open on Saturday.

Oba, who took a four-stroke advantage after a first-round 65, began her day strongly with two birdies in the first three holes but lost her rhythm after a bogey on the par-3 fourth in a round of 2-over 74 that allowed Shin Hyun Ju to close in.

Oba reached the clubhouse with a 5-under total of 139, while Shin added a 71 to her first-round 69 on the Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino Course.