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Hendry takes outright lead at Mizuno Open

Hendry moved one shot clear despite his round of 74. (Photo: Henry Peters)
With one round to play of the Japan Tour’s Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open in Ibaraki in central Japan, New Zealander Michael Hendry worked his way into an outright lead heading into tomorrow’s final round.

The tough demanding layout of The Royal Golf Club which played just a touch over 8000 yards today took its toll on day three with only six players breaking the par of 72 and only two breaking 70.

Hendry leads by one over Yujiro Ohori and Masaru Takahashi neither of whom have won on the Japan Golf Tour so it may be the more experienced players a little further back who Hendry has to overcome in order to win his second Japan Tour title.

Amongst those are Koumei Oda at even par and two from the lead and Australia’s Brendan Jones who is four behind despite two balls in the water today.

Jones is chasing his 15th Japan Tour title and the four shot deficit is certainly not insurmountable.

Matthew Griffin is two shots behind Jones, Won Joon Lee and Scott Strange another two shots behind and Aaron Wilkin and Brad Kennedy further back again.    

Adding further incentive into tomorrow's final round is that the leading four players inside the top 12 and not otherwise exempt for next month's Open Championship earn a start at Carnoustie.

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