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Katsunori Kuwabara equaled the day’s low of 8-under par 64 on Friday to open up a two-stroke advantage over first-round leader Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki at the midway point of the Mandom Lucido Yomiuri Open.

Teeing off among a group of six golfers one stroke back, Kuwabara moved took sole possession of the lead after making an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey at Yomiuri Country Club for a 36-hole total of 13-under 131.

Ozaki, 57, who was in a four-way share of the overnight lead after a 66, stayed in the hunt for his 95th title on the Japanese GTO tour after carding a 67 for second place alongside Toru Suzuki, who shot a 66.

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