The 26 year old, with 15 Japan Tour titles to his name already, today moved four clear of Korea’s Young-Han Song and Japan’s Ryuko Tokimatsuthrough 36 holes of the opening domestic event of the year.
Ishikawa, whose last win came in August of 2016, no longer has status on the PGA Tour in the US and so will play most of his golf in Japan this season where his first win came as a 15-year old in 2007 at the Japan Golf Tour’s Munsingwear Open.
Ishikawa played the PGA Tour for several seasons finishing runner-up on two occasions and twice making the Presidents Cup side in 2009 and 2011.
Ishikawa has lived in the shadow on Hideki Matsuyama in recent years but there is little doubting that at his best he is nearly the equal of the world # 8.
Won Joon Lee heads the Australians, the now South Korean based Sydneysider in a share of 16th place although nine shots from the lead.
Brendan Jones is one shot further back, rookie Anthony Quayle at even par is tied for 28th and David Bransdon 55th and another Japan
Andrew Evans, playing his first season on the Japan Tour just missed the cut by one and Todd Sinnott, Aaron Wilkin and Scott Strange will also not make it into the final 36 holes.
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