Date: August 31, 2012
Author: Bruce Young /

Barnes contending again in Japan

Thailand s Prayad Marksaeng and Korean Hyung Sung Kim have the lead at the halfway stage of the Fujisankei Classic in Japan, the pair coping with the warm conditions and demanding Fujizkura Country Club layout to lead by one over Katsumasa Miyamoto and Hirosho Iwata. Kim, who won last week s Vana H Cup KBC Augusta event in Kukuoka, is in rare form of late having won and twice finished runner-up in three of his last four starts. The 46 year old Marksaneg has also played well this season with three top tens but he has not won on the Japan Golf Tour since his most significant win there when successful in the 2008 Dunlop Phoenix event. The second highest world ranked player in the field, Kyung Tae Kim, is just three shots from the lead and may yet be the biggest threat to the leaders over the closing 36 holes. The leading world ranked player Ryo Ishikawa missed the cut by one shot. The leading Australasian to date in the event is Kurt Barnes who continues his good form from last week when 4th in Fukuoka and is in a share of 13th position at 1 under and just four from the lead. David Smail is in 21st position at even par and is the only other Australasian to make the cut. Brad Kennedy and Steve Conran missed the cut by one, Kennedy recovering from an opening round of 78 with a second round 67 to just miss out on advancing to the weekend. Kennedy was an amazing 10 over par through thirteen holes yesterday but played his last 23 holes in 7 under to miss out by one. Click for LIVE SCORES