• Kyodo


South Korea’s I.J. Jang made a hole-in-one en route to a 7-under 64 Friday for a share of the lead with Yuji Igarashi after the second round of the Japan Golf Tour Championship, the first major of the year.

Jang holed a 165-yard shot from the 13th tee while making six birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 134 total at Shishido Hills Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.

The 36-year-old has won once on the JGTO Tour — at the 2005 Mitsubishi Diamond Cup in his first full season in Japan.

Igarashi, a winless 40-year-old, posted six birdies and two bogeys in his second consecutive 67.

Frankie Minoza of the Philippines shot a 68 to sit one stroke behind the leaders.

Toru Suzuki (66), New Zealand’s David Smail (69) and South Korea’s Kim Jong Duck (69) tied for fourth at 6-under.

Ryo Ishikawa had a 71 to share 37th place at 1-over. Shingo Katayama bounced back from an opening 75 to shoot a 69 and is a stroke further back.

Overnight leader Gregory Meyer of the United States dropped into a tie for 12th at 3-under after a 74.

Mitsuka leads

KOKA , Shiga Pref. (Kyodo) Yuko Mitsuka birdied her final hole to cap a 3-under 69 and establish a one-shot lead after the first round of the Resort Trust Ladies on Friday.

Looking to close the gap on Sakura Yokomine at the top of the money rankings, Mitsuka offset a bogey on the second hole by picking up three shots through a five-hole stretch from the fifth in wet and windy conditions at The Country Club.

She added her fourth birdie of the day on the 18th to finish one stroke clear of Chie Arimura and two ahead of Yokomine, who is seeking back-to-back victories after clinching her second title of the season at last week’s Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup.

Yokomine’s latest win has put her more than ¥10 million clear of Mitsuka, winner of the season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies, at the top of the money list.

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