Garcia Two Strokes Back in Japan

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AsianPGAGOTEMBA, Japan -- Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 68 Thursday to finish two shots off the lead after the first round of the Taiheiyo Masters.
 
Garcia's Ryder Cup teammate Darren Clarke, who won the title the last two years, slumped to a 3-over 75 after opening with two birdies against six bogeys.
 
Garcia eagled the 18th on the Gotemba Course after a bogey on No. 17 and is tied with Taiwan's Yeh Wei-tze and Shinichi Yokota of Japan.
 
Japan's Ryuichi Oda overcame an early bogey to shoot a 6-under-par 66 and take a one-shot, first-round lead.
 
Keiichiro Fukabori, Toru Taniguchi and Nobuhito Sato all shot 67s to sit one stroke behind Oda in second place.
 
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