Yosuke Asaji leads Asian Amateur


TOKYO, Japan – Japan’s Yosuke Asaji leads after the first day of the Asian Amateur Championship, shooting 4-under 67 to lead Hideki Matsuyama, Lee Jae-hyeok and Park II-Hwan by a shot.

Asaji, 17, was the only one of the 118 players to sign for a bogey-free round at the West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club, which is northwest of Tokyo.

“I played perfectly today with no bogeys, and I only missed the green on one hole,” he explained. “I think I play well at Kasumigaseki, so hopefully I can do better than last year, when I finished 41st, because I really want to play in the Masters in the future.”

Matsuyama made three more birdies than Asaji, including a streak of four in a row from the 14th to the 17th holes. Four bogeys, however, cost the 18-year-old as he slipped to a share of second place.

Matsuyama said: “In the morning especially, I was not hitting the ball very well, but I really concentrated on my putting and got my game going after the 14th hole. I’m going to focus very hard on every shot tomorrow.”