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Toru Taniguchi stormed into a four-stroke lead at the midpoint of the Woodone Open Hiroshima after shooting the low round of 64 in the second round Friday. Taniguchi put together seven birdies on the Hiroshima Country Club’s par-71 Hachihommatsu Course as the tour veteran has gone 36 holes without dropping a shot en route to a two-day total of 11-under-par 131. The 2002 money title winner, who last won on the tour at the Golf Tournament in Omaezaki almost a year ago, started on the 10th tee and picked up two strokes in his first three holes before adding birdies on Nos. 15, 18, 2, 4 and 7. Last week, the 11-time tour event winner moved into a share of the lead after two rounds of the Japan Golf Tour Championship before fading out of contention. Earlier he lost in a playoff to Hirofumi Miyase in the Chunichi Crowns in April. Little-known Yoichi Shimizu fired a 66 and climbed into a tie for second at 135.

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