Barnes has opened with rounds of 67 and 68 to not only be the joint leading Australian at the halfway mark but, just six shots from the 36-hole leader, he perhaps feels that something even better is in store for him over the weekend.
Barnes is currently in 88th position on the 2017 Japan Tour money list and needs to be inside at least the top 70 and preferably the top 60 by season’s end and so a good finish this week will assist his cause.
Barnes, a one-time Japan Tour event winner when successful at the 2011 ANA Championship, is tied as the leading Australian with Japan Tour rookie, David Bransdon, who, at 77th on the money list, is also in need of a good few weeks to finish off his first year in Japan.
The pair are tied in 16th position and six shots from the halfway leader Yusaku Miyazato.
Other Australians to make the cut are Aaron Townsend (44th) and Brad Kennedy (52nd).
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