Jones slips down Japan Open leaderboard but still in reach

A tough day has seen Canberra golfer Brendan Jones slip down the Japan Open leaderboard, but he's still within striking distance of leader Yuto Katsuragawa going into the weekend.

Jones shot a three-over 74 on the second day at Yokahama Country Club on Friday and was four shots behind Katsuragawa.

Katsuragawa finished six-under for the round to drop to eight-under overall and hold a one-shot lead.

Canberra's Brendan Jones let his Japan Open lead slip, but is still in the running.

Canberra’s Brendan Jones let his Japan Open lead slip, but is still in the running.Credit:Graham Tidy

Jones was equal leader after the opening round, with the winner of the Japan Open earning a spot in next year's British Open.

The 43-year-old started well with a birdie on the par-five fourth hole, but struck trouble on the eighth with a bogey.

He also bogeyed the 11th and then dropped two shots on the 16th to be tied 11th.

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