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Hwang edges clear of Casio pack

Kyodo

First-round coleader Hwang Jung Gon of South Korea shot a 68 on Saturday to enter the final round of the Casio World Open in pole position, one stroke ahead of Kunihiro Kamii and countryman Kim Kyung Tae.

Hwang carded four birdies without a bogey to lower his three-day total to 13-under-par 203 at Kochi Kuroshio Country Club. A 20-year-old in his second season on the JGTO tour, Hwang has one career victory but had never entered the final round in the lead.

Toshinori Muto and Kenichi Kuboya are fourth, two strokes back of Hwang. Tour money leader Hiroyuki Fujita shot a 71 to sit in a tie for 12th among eight golfers, including Ryo Ishikawa, at 8-under-par 208.