• Kyodo


Tetsuji Hiratsuka took advantage of the greens softened by rain to shoot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday and set the early pace at the Yomiuri Open.

Hiratsuka, who has won two tour events in his seven-year career, carded an eagle and seven birdies against a bogey at Yomiuri Country Club en route to taking a one-stroke advantage over Ryoken Kawagishi and Nozomi Kawahara.

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