• Kyodo


Hiroshi Goda, winless since 1994, took sole possession of the lead with a 9-under-par 207 total thanks to five birdies and a chip-in eagle on No. 14 with one round left to go at the Asia-Japan Okinawa Open on Saturday.

A day after play was suspended due to darkness with 20 golfers not yet finished, Goda, whose 10-year tour seed gained in 1995 expires after next season, eagled for the third time in as many days en route to a 4-under 68 at the Southern Links Golf Club. One stroke behind is Tsuyoshi Yoneyama, who eagled the par-5 third for a 68 while first-round leader Masashi ‘Jumbo’ Ozaki took third a further stroke back after shooting the day’s low of 67 with seven birdies and two bogeys.

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