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Taniguchi increases lead to five strokes in ANA Open

Kyodo

Two-time money list winner Toru Taniguchi shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to open up a five-shot lead after the third round of the ANA Open.

Taniguchi, seeking his first win since the 2007 Japan Open, had six birdies without a bogey for a 16-under 200 total on Sapporo Golf Club’s Wattsu Course.

The 41-year-old made a key par save from 13 feet on the par-5 17th, the only hole where he was in danger of dropping a shot.

“That was huge,” Taniguchi said. “The only concern is that I haven’t won for quite a long time, but I believe I can hold on to win tomorrow as long as I play like I have in the first three rounds.”

Kazuhiro Yamashita and four-time ANA Open winner Tsuneyuki “Tommy” Nakajima shared second after rounds of 67 and 69, respectively.

Former U.S. PGA player Daisuke Maruyama carded a 67 to sit six strokes off the lead.

Ryo Ishikawa only managed a 74, slipping into a tie for 23rd at 4 under.

Yokomine takes lead

MIHAMA , Aichi Pref. (Kyodo) Sakura Yokomine charged into the lead with a bogey-free 7-under 65 in the second round of the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic on Saturday.

Yokomine, who started the day three shots behind overnight leader Yuri Fudo, made an eagle and five birdies to move to 13-under 131 on the Mihama Course of Minami-Aichi Country Club.

Defending champion Fudo fell one shot behind Yokomine after a 69 left her tied with Maiko Wakabayashi, who turned in a 67.

Yokomine sank a birdie putt from 30 feet on the first hole and eagled the par-5 fifth after hitting her second shot from 179 yards to within three feet of the cup.

“That opening birdie got me going,” the 23-year-old said. “I’ve decided to put off the goal of winning my first money title to next year and 2011 because (money leader Shinobu) Moromizato-san is playing so well this season.”

Yokomine had an early lead in the money race but has slipped to third place behind Moromizato and South Korean Jeon Mi Jeong.

Chie Arimura (67) was alone in fourth at 10 under. Moromizato (68) tied for 26th at 3 under.