Victorian David Bransdon is just two shots from the lead at the halfway stage of the Japan Golf Tour’s Mynavi ABC Championship near Kobe.

The 46-year old, who is currently 48th on the 2019 Japan Tour money list, is in his third year on the Japan Tour but to date he has a best of only 4th place, that coming at the Kansai Open early in his first season in 2017.

His rounds of 68 and 69 this week, however, have him in a share of third place behind Korean Min Gyu Cho and Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata.

Bransdon has won twice in lesser events on the PGA Tour of Australasia but perhaps even more meritorious performances came when 5th at this year’s Vic Open in Australia which was a European Tour event and when runner-up at the 2015 NZ Open.

This weekend therefore offers an opportunity to improve his standing on the Japan Tour and perhaps contend for the title in the $A2 million (equiv) event.

Brendan Jones and Won Joon Lee are the next best of the Australians, that pair tied for 19th at 5 under and three shots behind Bransdon.