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Former women’s world No. 1 Ai Miyazato carded a 2-under-par 70 in the first round of the Suntory Ladies Open on Thursday, describing her first golf tournament since announcing she was retiring at the end of this season as business as usual.

Watched by a packed gallery, Miyazato, 31, bogeyed the 11th hole after teeing off on the back nine at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club, but she rebounded with a birdie at the 17th and picked up two more shots in a bogey-free outward journey for a share of 22nd place.

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