MIYOSHI, AICHI PREF. – South Korea’s Bae Sang Moon shot an even-par 72 Saturday to take sole possession of the lead heading into the final round of the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic.
Bae, who began the day tied at the top of the leaderboard with Akinori Tani, had four birdies against as many bogeys at Miyoshi Country Club, closing out one shot clear of compatriot Kim Hyung Sung and Hiroyuki Fujita at 8 under 208.
Currently fourth on the money list, Bae got off to a strong start and picked up two shots through his first four holes, only to come undone with back-to-back bogeys from the seventh.
The 25-year-old, who won his first career title at the Vana H Cup KBC Augusta last month, mixed two birdies with two dropped shots on Nos. 12 and 16 before going on to make a par-par finish.
Tani, who turns 37 on Monday, stumbled to a 76 and dropped into a tie for sixth at 4 under.
Fujita made four birdies in a flawless 68 to share second with Kim (71), while Tadahiro Takayama (70) and Tetsuji Hiratsuka (71) were another shot behind.
Money leader Ryo Ishikawa posted a 72 to share 12th at 2 under.