India’s Kapur closes in on victory


India’s Shiv Kapur fired a two-under-par 69 to grab a one-stroke lead from Japan’s Kodai Ichihara at the Panasonic Open after Saturday’s third round. After 14 straight pars, Kapur carded back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to reach the clubhouse at nine-under 204 at the $1.25 million event sanctioned by the Japanese and Asian tours. Overnight leader Ichihara, chasing a maiden career victory in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo, finished in regulation to lie one adrift with Australia’s Marcus Fraser—the current Order of Merit leader—a further shot back after a 67. Helped by a 40-foot save on the eighth hole, Kapur…

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