Japan’s Miyazato leads Evian Masters by 1 stroke

Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 for the second-round lead at the Evian Masters on Friday.

Michelle Wie started the day tied for sixth at 4 under, but slipped down the leaderboard at 1 over after a sluggish round (77) that included a quintuple bogey on the 10th hole.

Defending champion Ai Miyazato of Japan managed a 72 to stay 3 under overall and six shots off the lead.

Miyazato was 9 under and had a one-stroke lead over Gwladys Nocera of France. Miyazato had six birdies. Nocera had an eagle and five birdies in her round.

The 20-year-old Miyazato played through two weather delays, a shorter one in the morning and a longer break midway through the afternoon.

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Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa is going to the Masters

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa says he has added focus for the upcoming golf season after receiving his invitation to return to this year’s U.S. Masters.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Ishikawa said Tuesday. “It’s a huge relief to get this (invitation) again and it gives me an immediate sense of purpose at the start of a new year.”

Ishikawa, 18, received his Masters invitation Monday and proudly showed it to reporters at Narita Airport before departing for the Royal Trophy tournament in Thailand.

Ranked 30th in the world, Ishikawa went to the 2009 Masters on a sponsor’s invitation in April and played alongside Tiger Woods at the British Open in July, missing the cut in both tournaments.

He made the 2010 Masters by virtue of his season results.