KONAN, Kochi Pref. (Kyodo) The Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup in Kochi Prefecture has been canceled after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake hit Japan, tournament organizers said late Friday.

The organizers said it is difficult to continue the tournament amid spreading turmoil in the country and out of respect for the feelings of those affected by the quake.

Earlier Friday, South Koreans Lee Bo Mee and Song Bo Bae shot 3-under 69s to share the first-round lead at Tosa Country Club.

But all results of the first round were canceled, based on Japan LPGA rules.

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