Dylan Perry heads the Australians through 36 holes of the Fujisankei Classic at the Fujizakura Golf Club west of Tokyo, the Japan Tour rookie in a share of 13th place although nine shots behind the joint leaders, Ho Sung Choi of Korea and American Chan Kim.

24 year old, Perry, originally from the Hunter Valley of NSW but these days based at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, turned professional last November but had status on both the Australasian and Japan Tours within just a few weeks.

Perry is currently in 60th place on the Japan Tour money list so his focus over the next few weeks will be to retain his status on the Japan Tour for 2020 and he has made a very good start this week to do just that.

Perry finished 8th in the opening event of the season in Japan but has missed the cut in his last three starts so this is an important week in which to take advantage of a good start.

New Zealander Michael Hendry is tied for 19th one shot behind Perry, Brendan Jones in 30th place another shot behind while Won Joon Lee and Mathew Griffin just made the cut on the number.

The leaders Choi and Kim lead by four over Gunn Charoenkul, who is, in turn, three shots ahead of the trio in 4th place.