• Kyodo


Unheralded Tatsuhiko Takahashi fired a 1-under-par 70 to take sole possession of the lead Friday after the second round of the Japan Open.

Takahashi, fourth after the first round, ran in four birdies against three bogeys at Nikko Country Club for a 36-hole total of 5-under 137 and a one-shot lead over Daisuke Maruyama and overnight leader Ryoken Kawagishi.

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