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Veteran Masahiro Kuramoto sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole en route to a 7-under-par 65 for a one-stroke sole lead after the first round of the 100 million yen Woodone Open Hiroshima tournament on Thursday.

Toshimitsu Izawa, winner of last week’s Japan Golf Tour Championship, birdied the final three holes on the 7,010-yard Happommatsu Course to share second place with Dinesh Chand of Fiji.

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