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Ryo Ishikawa surfaced at the top of the Canon Open leaderboard Saturday by shooting a 69 for the third straight day.

Ishikawa, who started the day in sixth place one shot off the pace, had four birdies against a bogey to move into a three-way tie for the lead with Hideto Tanihara and Shinichi Yokota on 9-under 207.

Tanihara shot the day’s low of 66 as rain soaked the Totsuka Country Club, where defending champion Yuta Ikeda carded a 75 leaving him back in 29th.

“There were some putts that I thought would fall, but it didn’t happen,” Ishikawa said. “I had an intense 18 holes today, and it’s taken a lot out of me.

“My condition changes very slightly from day to day. But I’ve been able to maintain my swing through it all.”

Kim Kyung Tae of South Korea and Hirohito Koizumi trailed two shots behind the front-runners in a share of fourth place.

Jeon takes control

TAKASAKI , Gunma Pref. (Kyodo) Jeon Mi Jeong pulled away at the Sankyo Ladies Open, opening up a four-stroke lead after the second round on Saturday at Yoshii Country Club.

The South Korean shot the day’s low of 67 on the par-72 course for a 9-under 135, starting off by birdying the first two holes.

Countrywomen Ahn Sun Ju (70) and Park In Bee (71) were tied for second while Yuri Fudo and Yukari Baba, who both shot 71s, shared fourth place on 4-under 140.

Jeon has managed to bounce back with authority just a week after failing to make the cut at the Japan Women’s Open.

“My right shoulder wouldn’t rotate when I was swinging,” Jeon said, referring to her performance in the Japan Women’s Open won by Mika Miyazato.

Jeon saw the Sankyo Ladies Open title slip through her fingers last year. She was in contention for the ¥19.8 million winner’s check during the final round, but double-bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to settle for second.

The 28-year-old Jeon, however, appears to have left all that behind her.

“I finished second, so I’m not that bitter about it,” she said.

Momoko Ueda missed the cut in Japan for the first time in four years after shooting 4-over par, failing to qualify by two strokes.

“I was trying and trying to make up the difference, and my shots became worse and worse,” the 24-year-old Ueda said. “I’ll take some time to think things through when I’m off next weekend.”

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