• Kyodo


Veteran Kiyoshi Murota reeled off 10 birdies en route to a course record 10-under-par 62 Saturday to take a six-shot lead over American Ben Curtis heading into the final round of the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters.

Teeing off in sixth place, Murota, a five-time winner on the Japanese tour, had four birdies through his first five holes before completing a superb bogey-free round with six more birdies on the back nine of the Taiheiyo Masters Club for a 54-hole total of 17-under 199.

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