• Kyodo


Toru Suzuki fired an adventurous 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the JPGA Championship.

Suzuki carded two eagles, seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in a helter-skelter round at a rain swept Miho Golf Club to reach the clubhouse one shot ahead of a trio of golfers including American Todd Hamilton.

Hiroyuki Fujita heads another trio a further shot off the pace on 69 while last season’s money rankings leader Toru Taniguchi and Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki feature in a quintet of players that went round in 70.

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