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Kim takes control in ANA Open

Kyodo

South Korea’s Kim Hyung Sung moved into position for his second title of the season Saturday after a birdie-laden 7-under-par 65 gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round of the ANA Open.

Kim began the day three shots behind overnight leader and compatriot Kim Do Hoon in a tie for sixth place, but reeled off nine birdies including four straight from the fourth at Sapporo Golf Club, dropping just two shots at Nos. 2 and 8 to storm to the top of the leaderboard at 14-under 202.

Kim won his first career title on the Japan tour at the VANA H Cup Augusta last month.

Hiroyuki Fujita birdied five of his first six holes and also carded a 65 to stand alone in second place. Yuta Ikeda carded a 67 and was two strokes further back in a big group of golfers tied for third. Ryo Ishikawa had a 67 and moved up from a tie for 26th into a share of 13th at 9 under.