David Bransdon – One of several Australasians within touch of the lead

There is a strong Australasian presence at the top of the leaderboard at the Japan Golf Tour’s Bridgestone Open near in Chiba near Tokyo, six currently inside the top twenty six and within six shots of the lead at the completion of 36 holes.

Brad Kennedy heads that group at 8 under and three from the leader, the defending champion and one of the game’s hottest players at present, Shugo Imahira.

The event is being played just east of Tokyo and the biggest concern for tournament organisers over the weekend is the looming arrival of Typhoon Hagibis which is likely to play havoc with the event.

With the likelihood of round three being washed out and only a chance of  the final round being played then it may be that the 36 hole results will be the final outcome although that has yet to be decided.

Kennedy has yet to record a top ten in twelve starts this season on the Japan Tour but three birdies to finish his round today have opened the door for something significantly better.

Fellow Australians Brendan Jones, David Bransdon and Adam Bland along with New Zealander Michael Hendry make up the group of Australians within striking distance.

Matthew Griffin is another shot back while Dylan Perry and Won Joon Lee have also made the cut but are well back.

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