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Two-time main winner Collin Morikawa shot 64 at Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership to take a one-shot lead after the primary spherical of the Zozo Championship; protection of the event continues dwell on Sky Sports activities Golf from 4am on Friday

Final Up to date: 19/10/23 9:40am

Collin Morikawa established an early lead on the Zozo Championship

Collin Morikawa shot a six-under 64 to steer the Zozo Championship after the primary spherical of the PGA Tour occasion at Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership.

House participant Mikumu Horikawa and victorious Workforce Europe Ryder Cup member Nicolai Hojgaard have been amongst 5 gamers only a shot again on the course on the outskirts of Tokyo, the one event on the North American circuit which is held in Japan.

Morikawa has Japanese ties on his father’s aspect, although he’s unclear who his distant kin is perhaps in Japan. Regardless, he was delighted together with his begin as he goals for a primary PGA Tour win for the reason that Open two years in the past.

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Highlights of the primary spherical from the Zozo Championship in Japan

Highlights of the primary spherical from the Zozo Championship in Japan

“There’s clearly somewhat bit extra which means to this event for me,” Morikawa stated. “However look, a win’s a win, I am going to take a win anyplace, proper?

“I am doing the whole lot I can the following three days and type of tonight to ensure I give myself the very best alternative to try this.

“We have type of been in a position to journey over right here and play golf to only study somewhat bit extra and type of reconnect with the tradition and basically my historical past.”

Japanese participant Horikawa joked about trying up on the leaderboard and seeing a ‘kawa’ on prime – however that was Morikawa slightly than him.

Nicolai Hojgaard is among the many gamers chasing Collin Morikawa

“So oh, that is not me,” Horikawa stated. “Oh, I need to meet up with him.”

The Zozo Championship subject is stacked with Japanese connections and plenty of native gamers.

Xander Schauffele, three again after a 67, has maternal grandparents residing in Tokyo and his mom, Ping Yi, has roots in Taiwan and grew up in Japan.

His mother-in-law can be Japanese, and his spouse is half Japanese and grew up in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa.

Xander Schauffele is among the gamers on the Zozo Championship who has a connection to Japan

Rickie Fowler’s mom has Japanese roots and his grandfather, Yutaka Tanaka, is Japanese. Kurt Kitayama’s mom was born in Japan, and his father, Clifford, is Japanese-American. Fowler and Kitayama every shot 71 within the opening spherical.

Schauffele’s mother and father additionally lived for a time in Tokyo. He stated he’s accustomed to the language, however not fluent.

“I want a variety of assist,” Schauffele stated. “The extra time I spend right here I decide up on phrases.

“Each time my mother and father did not need me to know something, they spoke in Japanese. It has been round me my complete life.”

Protection of the Zozo Championship continues on Sky Sports activities Golf from 4am and Sky Sports activities Important Occasion from 4.30am on Friday. Additionally stream with NOW.

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