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KEISEN, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) In-form Shingo Katayama fired eight birdies against one bogey for a 7-under-par 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Asahi Ryokuken Yomiuri Memorial Open on Thursday.

Teeing off at the 10th hole, Katayama made three consecutive birdies from the 11th before three-putting on the 16th for the only bogey of the day at Aso Izuka Golf Club.

Yoshinobu Tsukada and China’s Liang Wenchong shot 66s and were tied for second.

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