Ichihara itching for a win #PanasonicOpen

Fri 22 Apr 2016

Ichihara itching for a win #PanasonicOpen

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Chiba, Japan, April 22: Japan’s Kodai Ichihara took a step towards a return to the Asian Tour by shooting a sparkling six-under-par 65 to grab the second round clubhouse lead at the Panasonic Open Golf Championship on Friday.
The bubbly Ichihara, who played on the Asian Tour from 2008 but lost his card in 2013, produced the round of the week as he leads on eight-under-par 134 at the Chiba Country Club, Umesato course.
Azuma Yano of Japan is a further two shots back following a 69 while Korean rising star Jeunghun Wang fired a 68 to trail the leader by five shots at the 150 million Yen (approximately US$1.27 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
The 33-year-old Ichihara took advantage of his sharp-shooting game which resulted in seven birdies and one bogey on hole seven which he disappointingly three putted.
“I created a lot of birdie chances and converted. That’s what you need to do for a low score and I did that. It was nice. It was a good round today, but my confidence is still high after shooting a good score in windy conditions yesterday (round 1),” said Ichihara.
After missing the chance to regain his Asian Tour card through Qualifying School in the last three years, Ichihara hopes to claim his career breakthrough this week and make a return on the Asian Tour.
“I have to focus shot by shot. I really want to get back on the Asian Tour so I can’t make silly mistakes. The bogey on seven was a bad mistake because I bogeyed the same hole yesterday,” said the Japanese.
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Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad, As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.