Collin Morikawa leading in Japan

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October 19, 2023
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Collin Morikawa, in his first Tour start since finishing T6 at the Tour Championship, opened with a bogey-free, 6-under 64 featuring five birdies in his front nine for the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP lead .

"Taking a few weeks off, you never know what you're going to get, but I've been kind of working on a few things trying to get control of the golf ball, spent a lot of time putting yesterday. It's nice to kind of see the work I've put in, just kind of recreate that on the golf course. Obviously you never know how it's going to be, but it was a fun round today.

"Some holes played a lot shorter with the wind direction and the firmer fairways, so you got like hole 11, I think I only had 8-iron in; in the practice rounds I was hitting 5-iron. Having a little bit more roll, tournament speed. It's nice when certain holes that you consider to be essentially par holes, you're able to give yourself a birdie opportunity really."

The American has not won since the 2021 Open Championship but has finished runner-up twice this season at The Sentry and the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

PGA Tour Special Temporary Member Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark birdied two of his final three holes for a 65 to sit in a five-way tie for second place at 5-under.

Also tied in second place are American rookie Eric Cole who posted his sixteenth consecutive round of par or better on Tour, his compatriot Robby Shelton, Argentina' Emiliano Grillo and Japan's Mikumu Horikawa; one of four sponsor exemptions given to members of the Japan Golf Tour, where he owns four career victories and finished T3 at last week’s Japan Open.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Collin Morikawa-664
T2Emiliano Grillo-565
T2Robby Shelton-565
T2Eric Cole-565
T2Mikumu Horikawa-565
T2Nicolai Hojgaard-565
7Zac Blair-466
T8Keegan Bradley-367
T8Joel Dahmen-367
T8Satoshi Kodaira-367
T8Xander Schauffele-367
T8Cam Davis-367
T8Sahith Theegala-367
T8Sungjae Im-367
T8Andrew Novak-367
T8Will Gordon-367
T17Aaron Baddeley-268
T17Nick Taylor-268
T17Ryo Ishikawa-268
T17Beau Hossler-268
T17Tom Hoge-268
T17K.H. Lee-268
T17Justin Lower-268
T17Justin Suh-268
T17Young-Han Song-268
T26Kevin Yu-169
T26Ryutaro Nagano-169
T26Hideki Matsuyama-169
T26Min Woo Lee-169
T26Keith Mitchell-169
T26J.J. Spaun-169
T26Cameron Champ-169
T26Matt Wallace-169
T26Yuki Inamori-169
T26Takumi Kanaya-169
T26Taylor Montgomery-169
T26Harry Hall-169
T26S.H. Kim-169
T26Ryo Hisatsune-169
T40Adam ScottPar70
T40David LingmerthPar70
T40David LipskyPar70
T40Mackenzie HughesPar70
T40Matthew NeSmithPar70
T40Michael KimPar70
T40Mark HubbardPar70
T40Davis RileyPar70
T40Shugo ImahiraPar70
T40Callum TarrenPar70
T40Ben GriffinPar70
T40Lee HodgesPar70
T40Kaito OnishiPar70
T53Rickie Fowler+171
T53Nick Hardy+171
T53Kurt Kitayama+171
T53Taylor Moore+171
T53Hayden Buckley+171
T53Akshay Bhatia+171
T53Taiga Semikawa+171
T53Kensei Hirata+171
T61Nate Lashley+272
T61Sam Ryder+272
T61Brandon Wu+272
T61Dylan Wu+272
T61Sam Stevens+272
T61Vincent Norrman+272
T67Alex Noren+373
T67Tyson Alexander+373
T67Adam Svensson+373
T67Ben Taylor+373
T67Adam Schenk+373
T67Aaron Rai+373
T67Keita Nakajima+373
T67Austin Eckroat+373
T67Aguri Iwasaki+373
T76Thomas Detry+474
T76Trevor Werbylo+474
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Date: October 19th - 22nd 2023

Location: Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba, Japan

Purse: $8,500,000

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