• Kyodo


Ryo Ishikawa has set the stage for a winning start to his fourth year on tour.

One of the only four players who broke par in strong winds in Saturday’s third round, Ishikawa moved within one stroke of leader Tadahiro Takayama at the Token Homemate Cup.

Ishikawa will play the final round Sunday with Takayama and Shingo Katayama, who was the face of the JGTO Tour before the teenage sensation shot to fame and made people look at golf in Japan as “Ryo-kun” and the rest.

Ishikawa has a .500 winning percentage (7-for-14) when playing in the last group of the final round. Of his nine career titles, he has come from behind on the last day to win three times.

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