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Miyazatos make solid U.S. Open start

Kyodo

Ai and Mika Miyazato both started the U.S. Women’s Open with a 1-under 70 Friday as a thunderstorm marred another round at the season’s third major.

The first round spilled over to Friday after Thursday’s play was suspended, and further bad weather haunted the Broadmoor in the second round, which was stopped due to darkness.

Only 33 players were able to finish the round, including Sakura Yokomine and Shinobu Moromizato who shot a 74 and 72, respectively. Yokomine was at 4 over through the first two rounds, Moromizato at 6 over on the par-71 East Course.

The two Miyazatos never started. They had four birdies against three bogeys during the opening round, staying three shots off the pace of South Korea’s I.K. Kim, who was three under par after 14 holes in the second round.

“I’ve got an early start tomorrow so I’ve just decided to rest,” said former world No. 1 Ai, who finished in a tie for 31st at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.