Ishikawa misses cut in Japan major

Ryo Ishikawa missed the cut at the Japan Golf Tour Championship

on Friday, a day after he carded the worst score of his

professional career.

The 19-year-old Ishikawa shot a 6-over 77 to finish 18 over for

the tournament and miss the cut for a second straight week. He

struggled with a 12-over 83 in the first round.

Masanori Kobayashi took a one-shot lead over South Korean Kim

Hyung-tae after a 68 moved him to 5 under. Kim fired a 66.

Kobayashi is looking for his second win in three events, having

defeated Ishikawa in a playoff at the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open two

weeks ago.

Ishikawa has an exemption for the U.S. Open, which starts on

June 16 in Washington.