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GOLF | Former Champ Momoko Ueda Takes a One-Stroke Lead at the Japan Classic

The 2007 and 2011 tournament winner has a one-stroke advantage over compatriots Ai Suzuki and Miyuu Yamashita.

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Momoko Ueda plays a shot on the 18th hole in the second round of the Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on November 4. (ⒸSANKEI)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Former champion Momoko Ueda shot a 3-under par 69 on Friday, November 4 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's Japan Classic.

Ueda, who won this tournament in 2007 and 2011, offset a pair of bogeys with five birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, for a 36-hole total of 10-under 134 to lead overnight co-leader Ai Suzuki (68) and Miyuu Yamashita (70) by one shot. 

"I was not in a good mood in the first five holes," Ueda said. "During that time, Ai and Sakura [Koiwai] made good putts and played well. So, I tried to catch up with them and not to think conservatively.

"My tee shots and putts were not so good compared with yesterday and I was thinking during the round that it is going to be a tough day," added Ueda. "In such a situation, I played well enough today."

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Jim Armstrong

Author: The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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