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GLADSTONE, N.J. (Kyodo) Ai Miyazato earned a 1-up victory over Hall-of-Famer Juli Inkster in the second round of the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship on Friday to secure a spot in the best 16.

But Shinobu Moromizato, the only amateur in the field, was upset by Jang Jeong of South Korea 1-down after dropping three straight from No. 2 then coming back with back-to-back birdies in Nos. 12 and 13 which proved too little too late.

Smail holds on

TOMOBE, Ibaraki Pref. (Kyodo) David Smail of New Zealand held onto his overnight lead with an even-par 70 Saturday and will enter the final round of the Japan Golf Tour Championship Shishido Hills Cup with a two-stroke advantage.

Smail, who went 66-66 in the first two rounds, made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5 and 6 but dropped two shots in the middle of his round for a total of 8-under 202 on a day when only 10 players broke par in a difficult setup at Shishido Hills Country Club.

“I was doing all right when I made the birdies on the fifth and sixth but I lost my rhythm after I three-putted on the (par-4) eighth,” said Smail.

Fujii takes lead

KANRA, Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) Kasumi Fujii overcame a three-stroke deficit to take sole possession of the lead with a solid 6-under-par 66 after the second round of the Belluna Ladies Cup on Saturday.

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