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Defending champion Kevin Hayashi shot a 6-under-par 66 yesterday to open up a four-stroke lead heading into todays final round of the 2001 Pearl Country Club Open.
Hayashi, a pro at Hilo Municipal, has a 36-hole total of 13-under 131 at the 6,750-yard Pearl Country Club course.
Japans Hidemasa Hoshino shot a 69 and is alone in second at 135,
Jim Johnson, Dinesh Chand, a member of the Japan PGA Tour, and Kaneohes Dean Wilson all shot their second consecutive 68s and were another stroke behind at 136.
Ken Tanigawa, two-time former Pearl Open champion Gregory Meyer and Hidemichi Tanaka all shot 68s and were at 137.
Hayashi also won this tournament in 1994. Last year Hayashi also won the Waikoloa Open, the Kauai Open and Hawaii State Open championships en route to claiming the PGAs Aloha Section Player of the Year award.
The cut was made at 4-over 148 with 72 professionals qualifying for todays final round.
The top 15 amateurs, who shot 151 or better, also qualified for the final round.
The final round starts at 7:30 a.m. off the first tee.
Hayashi, Hoshino and Johnson will be teeing off in the last group of the day at 10:48 a.m.
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