Japan Open field battered in Okinawa
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 Japan Open | Round Two | 12 Oct 2012
The Japan Open has again proven to be a fight for survival, the Naha Golf Club in Okinawa creating havoc amongst the Japan Golf Tour field.
So typical of the desire of national golfing bodies throughout the world, the Japan Golf Association has set this golf course up as a layout amongst the toughest tests the Japan Golf Tour has ever seen, the cut falling at a massive 13 over par.
Six time Japan Golf Tour winner, Tetsuji Hiratsuka, at 1 over par, has the lead by three shots over Koumei Oda with a further shot back to a group at 5 over which includes leading money winner this season, Hiroyuki Fujita, Yusaku Miyazato, Kenichi Kuboya, Nobuhito Sato and 57 year old Tommy Nakajima.
The leading Australasian at the halfway mark is Brad Kennedy who, after an opening round of 72 gave him a share of the lead, added a round of 77 to be in a share of 10th position at 7 over and six from the lead.
Steve Conran is one shot further back, David Smail is 10 over and former winner Paul Sheehan is 11 over.
Having the weekend off is the number three player on the Japan Tour money list, Brendan Jones who missed by two.
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