In the first round of the Asahi Broadcasting Company (ABC) Cup United States-Japan Professional Golf Tournament at Osaka, ???
In the first round of the Asahi Broadcasting Company (ABC) Cup United States-Japan Professional Golf Tournament at Osaka, ??? on Friday (21 November), the United States, led by Al Geiberger, took a one stroke lead over Japan.
Nine players from each country are taking part in the 30 million yen (100,000 U.S. dollars) tournament, held on the 6,830 yard, par 72, Ibaraki Kokusai Golf Club course.
The United States, which won the tournament last year, returned a combined score of 551 strokes. The Americans have only lost once in the four years the tournament has been played. The eight best scores from the nine members of each team is used to determine the team score.
Al Geiberger, the winner of the ABC individual competition in 1973, shot a seven-under-par 65 to go into a one stroke lead for the top prize of five million yen (approx. 17,000 U.S. dollars). One stroke behind was the young Japanese professional, Norio Suzuki, who returned a six-under-par 66.
In the individual tournament three players tied for third place - Hale Irwin, the 1974 U.S. Open Champion, Kosaku Shimada, who will represent Japan in the World Cup Tournament in Bangkok in December, and the former Japanese World Cup Player, Toru Nakamura. They all returned scores of 67.
Geiberger, who is 41, birdied five holes in the front nine for a five-under-par 31. he birdied the 11th, 14th,and 16th, but ??? the 198 yard par-three 17th for a two--under-par 34.
Suzuki, who is 23 years old, shot six birdies without a single bogey for a 33-33, giving him a final card of 66. Isao Aoki shot a 35-34 for a final card of 69.