Saturday, December 06, 2008

TOKYO (AP) — Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng shot a 7-under 63 Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Japan's Toshinori Muto at the Nippon Series Cup.

Prayad, who won last month's Dunlop Phoenix, opened with three straight birdies and added four more at the Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club to finish tied at 9-under 201 with Muto, who shot a 66.

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa offset a pair of bogeys with six birdies for a 66 and is a stroke back along with Taichi Teshima (65) and overnight leader Jeev Milkha Singh of India (68).

Ishikawa last weekend became the youngest golfer on the Japanese tour to reach $1 million in single-year winnings and will be bidding for his second win on the Japanese tour in Sunday's final round.

The Nippon Series is the last event of the season on the Japan Tour and features this year's tournament winners and players who finished among the top 25 in the money rankings through last week's Casio Open.

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