American Watts Leads Daikyo Open
ONNA, Japan (AP) _ Former Oklahoma State star Brian Watts shot a 3-under-par 68 today to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Japan PGA’s season-ending Daikyo Open.
Watts, the 1987 NCAA champion and a two-time winner in Japan this year, had four birdies and a bogey for a 7-under 135 total on the Daikyo Country Club course. Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Japan’s Shigenori Mori were tied for second after 69s.
Japan’s Masanobu Kimura (67) and Nobuo Serizawa (71) were three back and first-round leader Teruo Sugihara, the oldest player in the field at 58, was four back after a 73. Canada’s Rick Gibson shot a 73 for a 144 total and Hawaii’s David Ishii was another stroke back after a 73.
Japan’s Jumbo Ozaki, the tour’s leading money winner with $1.92 million, is not entered in the tournament.
The winner will receive $216,000 from the $1.2 million purse.