• Kyodo


Thai pair Thongchai Jaidee and Mardan Mamat beat Toru Suzuki and Tetsuji Hiratsuka 3 and 1 to help Asia turn the tables and take a 6 1/2-5 1/2 lead over Japan after second-day four-ball matches at the Dynasty Cup on Saturday.

Zhang Lianwei and Liang Wenchong of China delighted the local crowd with a 2 and 1 win over Hideki Kase and Ryoken Kawagishi, while India’s Amandeep Johl and Thammanoon Srirot of Thailand downed Katsumasa Miyamoto and Hiroyuki Fujita to round off the winning teams for Asia at Mission Hills Golf Club.

The Japanese, looking to avenge their loss in the inaugural Ryder Cup-style shootout in 2003, took a 3 1/2-2 1/2 lead after the opening-day foursomes but posted only one win when Tomohiro Kondo and Takuya Taniguchi defeated Boonchu Ruangkit and Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand 6 and 5 for the day’s most lopsided result.

U.S. PGA player Shigeki Maruyama and Keiichiro Fukabori halved their match with Mo Joong Kyung of South Korea and Angelo Que of the Philippines. Shingo Katayama, last year’s top money earner on the Japanese tour, and Takashi Kamiyama also finished all square with India’s Jyoti Randhawa and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.

Japan, steered by non-playing captain Isao Aoki, now has to turn the tide again in 12 individual matches scheduled for the final day on Sunday.

Yokomine impresses

KIKUYO, Kumamoto Pref. (Kyodo) Teenager Sakura Yokomine shot a 1-under-par 71 Saturday to share the lead with South Korea’s Ku Ok Hee at the Life Card Ladies tournament and go into the final round at the top of the leaderboard for the second straight week.

Yokomine, who missed out on her first tour title at the Studio Alice Ladies Open last week, carded two birdies and as many bogeys before finishing the day with another birdie on the par-5 18th for an even-par 144 total at Kumamoto Airport County Club.

Ku, a 22-time winner on the Japan LPGA tour, shot her second straight 72 with three birdies and as many bogeys.

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