Hisatsune starts fast, leads by 2 in UAE

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

RAS AL KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Ryo Hisatsune's fast start with birdies on his first six holes helped the Japanese golfer take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Hisatsune picked up further shots on the eighth and 10th holes but then couldn't make another birdie until the 15th, and then dropped his only shot of the day on the 18th to finish with an 8-under 64.

"It's the first time I've made six (birdies) in a row and I was nervous to start," Hisatsune said. "I tried to keep going but there are some tough holes on the back nine."


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