Angelo Que birdied the opening hole at the break of dawn, but failed to break par for the second straight day, hobbling with another 72 that hardly improved his ranking in the third round of the Japan Open Golf Championship in Shiba yesterday.
South African Shaun Norris, in contrast, broke away from a tight pack to storm ahead by five with a stirring start of four-under 31 en route to a second straight 64 at the par-71 Biwako Country Club course, moving closer to a fifth Japan Golf Tour victory in six years with an 18-under 195 output.
Erstwhile co-leader Yuta Ikeda failed to sustain a 65-66 start with a 71 marked by three birdies but marred by a bogey and a double-bogey as he tumbled down joint fourth at 202 with Kinoshita Ryosuke and first round frontrunner Hiroshi Iwata, who shot 67 and 70, respectively.
Satoshi Kodaira bogeyed the last hole for a 68 but moved from a share of third to solo second although he lay five shots off Norris while Yuta Inamori missed joining him at 200, also on a last-hole mishap as he settled for solo third at 201 after a 67.
Que, who hit a late frontside birdie Friday to make the cut at joint 60th, birdied the par-4 No. 1 in the second flight but after two pars, he wavered with bogeys in the next three holes and dropped another stroke on No. 11.
The three-time Asian Tour champion and winner of the Top Cup Tokai Classic in Aichi in 2018 birdied the 15th but missed a chance on the par-5 No. 16 to submit another pair of 36s for a 54-hole aggregate of 214 for joint 57th in the $2 million championship.