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Moromizato grabs one-stroke lead

Kyodo

Shinobu Moromizato birdied her final hole to take a slender lead with a 4-under-par 68 in the first round of the Life Card Ladies on Friday. Moromizato offset a bogey on the first hole at Kumamoto Kuko Country Club with back-to-back birdies from the fourth and then again from the eighth to make the turn at 3-under. The reigning Japan Women’s Open champion dropped another shot on the 12th but regrouped to birdie the 14th before closing with another birdie on the 18th to lead Yuko Mitsuka and Midori Yoneyama by one stroke.