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Serizawa Leads Taiheiyo Masters

November 13, 1998

GOTEMBA, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Nobuo Serizawa shot a 4-under 68 to take a 3-stroke lead after today’s second round of $1.2 million Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters.

Serizawa birdied six holes, including four of the final six, and had two bogeys on the 7,072-yard, par-72 Taiheiyo Masters Gotemba course, posting a 36-hole total of 9-under 135.

Serizawa is seeking his fifth career victory on the Japan PGA tour.

Mark O’Meara, this year’s Masters and British Open champion, shot a 72 for a 145 two-day total, sharing 41st place with Stewart Ginn of Australia, Todd Hamilton of the United States, Jose-Maria Olazabal of Spain and eight Japanese players. All of them made the cut, at 147.

Frankie Minoza of the Philippines shot a two-under 70 to sit in a tie for a 138-stroke second place with Tateo ``Jet″ Ozaki, who also had a 70.

Minoza, seeking his second victory this season, sank three birdies and bogeys each before chipping in for an eagle on the final hole.

Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood of Britain had the day’s best score of 67 to share third place at 139 with first-round leader Eduardo Herrera of Colombia and Japan’s Ryoken Kawagishi.

Westwood carded six birdies against one bogey.

Herrera shot a 2-over 74 and Kawagishi shot a par 72.

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