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Little-known American Ted Purdy carded a 4-under-par 67 Friday to grab a share of a one-stroke lead with overnight leader Tsuyoshi Yoneyama and Australian Craig Jones midway through the 100 million yen season-opening Token Homemate Cup.

Teeing off on the back nine of the par-71 Tokentado Country Club Nagoya course in Mie Prefecture five strokes off the pace, Purdy bagged six birdies against two bogeys for a 7-under 135 to share the lead with Yoneyama and Jones.

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