Katayama, Tajima share top spot

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 TAMANO, Okayama Pref. – Three-time money title winner Shingo Katayama and Soshi Tajima shared the lead after shooting 3-under-par 69s in the second round of the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup on Friday.Katayama and Tajima matched each other at 66-69 and moved one shot ahead of Kiyoshi Miyazato and four others halfway through the tournament at Tojigaoka Marine Hills Golf Club in Okayama Prefecture. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Katayama made four birdies against a bogey and Tajima had six birdies and three bogeys en route to a 9-under 135 total.“I’ve bogeyed only one hole in two days, so it’s been a very steady week for me. I’m here to win this tournament and I want to show my strength,” said Katayama, the Japanese tour’s top money earner in 2000, 2004 and 2005.Tajima, 29, highlighted his round with three straight birdies from the 13th, which made up for back-to-back bogeys the previous holes.“It was raining heavily when I had the bogeys. It can’t be helped,” said Tajima, whose only victory on the tour came at the 2003 Hisamitsu-KBC Augusta.Tour veteran Eiji Mizoguchi, long-hitting Mamoru Osanai, Hideto Tanihara and Akinori Tani joined Miyazato at 136 in a tie for third place on a crowded leaderboard. Overnight leader Takao Nogami shot a 70 and dropped into a tie for eighth with 137.Tomohiro Kondo, the winner of last week’s Japan PGA Championship, barely made the cut after going 70-73. last_img