Larry Nelson shot a 2-under-par 70 yesterday for a one-stroke lead over Craig Stadler after two rounds of the $923,000 World Open golf tournament at Kaimoncho, Japan.

Nelson had a 36-hole total of 136 on the 7,014-yard Kaimon Course of the Ibusuki Golf Club. Stadler, who started the second round four shots behind Nelson, shot a 67 for a 137 total. Seve Ballesteros (67), Mike Donald (68) and Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki (70) were tied for third at 138.

World Cup: Torsten Giedeon had a whiff, a double bogey and 11 birdies in a wild round that lifted Germany into contention for its first World Cup title in Orlando, Fla.

He shot a 7-under-par 65, matching the best round of the tournament, and Bernhard Langer added a 67 to give the Germans a 54-hole total of 415, which is 17 under par. They trail first-place England by a stroke going into today's last round at Grand Cypress Resort.

In a round that included only four pars, Giedeon made five birdie putts of at least 20 feet. However, he swung and missed the ball on a five-inch putt for a bogey at No. 3.

"I didn't want to step into another player's line," he explained. "I just wanted to tap it in, and {the putter} hit the ground but didn't hit the ball. But maybe this was a good thing. After that I birdied three in a row. Maybe this got me going."

As it turned out, the whiff cost his team a share of first place with Britons Richard Boxall (70 yesterday) and Mark James (68).

Anders Sorensen of Denmark retained the individual lead at 70 -- 204, 12 under par and one stroke ahead of American Payne Stewart.

Imperial Wing Seniors: Kesahiko Uchida shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stoke lead over Orville Moody and Shiro Matsuda after the first round in Seki, Japan.

Gene Littler, Hisashi Suzumura and Shigeru Uchida were tied for third after shooting 71 on the 6,449-yard Imperial Wing Golf Club course. Lee Trevino shot a 73 and was tied for 10th with Billy Casper.