MIYAZAKI, Japan – Kenichi Kuboya shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the $2.2 million Dunlop Phoenix.
Kuboya teed off from the 10th hole and birdied his first two holes at the par-71 Phoenix Country Club. After bogeys on Nos. 12 and 15 he carded six more birdies to finish three strokes ahead of six golfers, including 2000 winner Shingo Katayama.
Fiji’s Vijay Singh shot an even-par 71 to finish six stokes off the pace along with Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa and Japan tour regular David Smail of New Zealand. Defending champion Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand shot a 72.