Golf - Donald moves into clear lead in Japan

Luke Donald fired a seven-under 64 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Dunlop Phoenix.

The Englishman finished his second round with a 13-under-par 129 on the board at Phoenix Country Club.

Donald got off to a fast start with birdies on 10 and 11, before producing birdie efforts at 13 and 15 to move serenely to 10-under.

The world number three carded three more birdies on the front nine to move four clear of the field as he continued to look in imperious form.

Shunsuke Sonoda posted a 66 to move into second place at nine under, while Hiroyuki Fujita also had a 66 to finish two rounds in third place at seven under.

Last year's winner, Toshinori Muto, carded a two-under 69 to move into a share of 11th at three under.

Shigeki Maruyama, American Ricky Barnes and Italian Edoardo Molinari were among those that missed the cut.

Leaderboard

1 Luke DONALD -13

2 Shunsuke SONODA -9

3 Hiroyuki FUJITA -7

4 Koichiro KAWANO -6

5 Hirohito KOIZUMI -5