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The game of lawn bowls may appear straightforward — players in whites repeatedly roll 1.5-kg rounded plastic “bowls” over finely cut grass — but Japan’s male and female singles champions are taking decidedly different approaches to the World Singles Champion of Champions, set to begin in Ayr, Scotland, on Tuesday.

Buddy Ferrie, 48, a native of Pennsylvania participating in his first international tournament, will tackle the multistage event on a careful, step-by- step basis. “My goal is to get through the initial round robin,” said Ferrie during an interview one Saturday afternoon earlier this month. “Then if I get to the knockout round, my goal is to get as far as I can.”

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