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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (Kyodo) Ai Miyazato missed the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open by one stroke Friday and Kaori Higo was the only Japanese who advanced to the final two rounds when she barely qualified at 8-over-par 150.

Miyazato, who was four shots off the pace after the first round, ran out of steam in a round of 78 and could not make a single birdie as she struggled with seven bogeys, including three straight after the turn.

She finished the first two rounds at 9-over 151. Higo secured a spot in Saturday’s round with a 76 that featured one birdie and six bogeys.

Takayama on top

KASAOKA, Okayama Pref. (Kyodo) Tadahiro Takayama overcame blustery conditions to make eight birdies in a bogey-free 64 Saturday and climb atop the leaderboard with one round left in the Mizuno Open.

Takayama birdied four of the first six holes and three of the final four holes for a total of 11-under 205.

In Tojo, Hyogo Prefecture, overnight sole leader Midori Yoneyama fired a 2-under-par 70, leaving her in a tie for first with Ku Yum Hee on Saturday at the Promise Ladies as she continued her bid for her third title this season.

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