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Relative unknown Kazumasa Sakaitani fired a 6-under-par 64 Thursday to grab a share of the lead with Justin Rose of England after the first round of the Chunichi Crowns.

Sakaitani made six birdies in a bogey-free round while Rose, who gained prominence when he finished fourth in the 1998 British Open as a 17-year-old amateur, had eight birdies and two bogeys at the Nagoya Golf Club’s par-70 Wago Course.

Fujino forges ahead

MURE, Kagawa Pref. (Kyodo) Orie Fujino birdied three of the final four holes Friday to grab a one-stroke lead in the 60 million yen Katokichi Queens women’s golf tournament with a first-round 2-under-par 70.

Mayumi Hirase had a 71 for a share of second place with Hiroko Yamaguchi, Yuka Tonsho and Taiwanese veteran Huang Bie-shyun.

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