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Spieth leads Reed by one at PGA Travelers

Jordan Spieth fired a one-under par 69 to seize a one-stroke lead over fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Troy Merritt after Friday's second round of the US PGA Travelers Championship.

Sixth-ranked Spieth, the 2015 Masters and US Open champion seeking his 10th tour title, stood on eight-under par 132 after 36 holes at TPC River Highlands near Hartford, Connecticut.

Reed opened and closed with birdies in firing a 66 while Merritt shot 68 to stand on 133 with compatriots Wesley Bryan, Daniel Summerhays, Boo Weekley and Chase Seiffert another stroke adrift.

Spieth, who began on the back nine, birdied the par-4 12th but pulled his tee shot well left at the par-5 13th and took a penalty stroke on the way to a double bogey.

"I was a little tentative to start,"...

Garcia, Stenson lead chase in Germany

Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson head the chasing pack going into the weekend at the BMW International Open as they trail leaders Joakim Lagergren and Joel Stalter by one stroke.

Masters champion Garcia is playing his first event on European soil since his triumph at Augusta in April and shot a two-under round of 70 on Friday, leaving him eight under at the halfway point in Munich.

Sweden's Stenson, who will bid to defend his British Open title at Royal Birkdale next month, is level with Garcia after shooting a three-under 69 in his second round.

Stenson's compatriot Lagergren started on the 10th and used a flurry of three straight birdies before the turn to help propel himself to a 66, the lowest score of the day.

"It was great out there," Lagergren...

Equipment

Top 10 Golf Shops in Tokyo

In Tokyo, as in the rest of Japan, golf is an immensely popular sport, enjoyed by the Japanese on meticulously kept golf courses and driving ranges. Not surprisingly golf shops in Japan are also high spec, and it is not hard to find stylish apparel and high-quality equipment from both international and domestic brands in Tokyo. Here Is our list of the top 10 golf shops in Tokyo.

S’Port Mizuno Go straight to the source at the Mizuno flagship store where the entire shop is dedicated to the Mizuno range of equipment and apparel. You’ll find all the latest products from clubs, balls, and bags to shoes, gloves, and accessories. Try the club fitting; employing the latest Mizuno developed technologies and techniques, it will match you with the perfect clubs for your...

Jawbone

UP by Jawbone Know yourself better 24/7

Regular readers of our mobile tech section would have heard of the company Jawbone -the San Francisco makers of ultra-funky Smartphone accessories such as the wireless headsets ICON and ERA (utilizing military-grade noise-eliminating technology) Well, from Jawbone comes a new truly unique product with the aim of 'making lasting improvements to you everyday lifestyle'. Ladies and gentleman, we give you the UP. A system, wristband + app, that tracks how you sleep, move, and eat 24/7 so you can know yourself better, make smarter choices and feel your best. The design of the wristband is lightweight, simple and beautiful while packed with the latest sensor technology. The app displays tracks and analyzes Data in a cool interesting and understandable interface, (free to download on all...

Lifestyle

Hot Jazz in Tokyo-- The City’s 5 Best Music Makes Magical Memories

New Orleans, Harlem… Tokyo? While Japan and jazz may not immediately go together in your mind, on any given night in Tokyo, there are hundreds of clubs playing vinyl jazz classics and dozens with live jazz band performances. Now ubiquitous to Tokyo nightlife, jazz was introduced at the beginning the 20th century by American soldiers via the Philippines. It’s been popularized in novels by Haruki Murakami, who ran a popular jazz bar in the 1970s. Although Murakami’s bar is long gone, while you are here on your golf holiday, you can check out these five spots to experience real Tokyo jazz nightlife!

Japanese golf legend Isao Aoki speaks to CNN

This month ‘Living Golf’ is in Japan, a country that can boast the second largest golf market in the world behind the United States. It’s a country that has fallen in love with the game and its traditions. But also where the economic recession in the 1990’s threatened the survival of many clubs. With the emergence of cash rich regions such as China and the United Arab Emirates dominating where the game is played in the East, some say Japan has become the forgotten land of golf.

It’s not all doom and gloom however. CNN presenter Shane O’Donoghue travels around the capital of Japan, Tokyo, to showcase how the game is starting to prosper once again. Thanks to the emergence of Hideki Matsuyama as a world star, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that will feature the game; and the expansion of...

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