• Kyodo


Kaori Aoyama rattled off eight birdies on her way to sitting one shot behind six coleaders after the first round of the Japan LPGA season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies on Friday.

The 26-year-old protege of World Golf Hall of Fame member Ayako Okamoto signed for a 3-under 69 after a roller-coaster round that also contained five bogeys at Ryukyu Golf Club.

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