Brendan Jones remains as the leading Australian at the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters in Gotemba in the shadows of Mt Fuji, but, after sharing the opening round lead, the Canberra golfer has slipped to a share of 9th place and four shots off the lead held by Ryuji Masaoka and Y.E Yang.

Jones’ second round of 73 was looking potentially a lot worse after a start which saw him drop three shots in his first six holes but he steadied the ship with a closing nine of even par 35 and he begins Saturday’s third round comfortably within striking distance of the leaders.

Of the other Australians to make the cut, Matthew Griffin is at 1 under par and one shot behind Jones, Brad Kennedy is at even par, Anthony Quayle is at 2 over, Dylan Perry and 3 over and Adam Bland 4 over.