SAPPORO, Japan (AP) _ Tadami Ueno, rolling in two 33-foot birdies, fired a 7-under-par 65 Thursday and took a two-stroke lead after the first round of the $286,000 Sapporo Tokyu Open Golf Tournament.

Ueno, winner of five tournaments in his career, had seven birdies in all and needed just 25 putts in his round on the 6,949-yard, par-72 Sapporo Kokusai Country Club course in northern Japan.

At 67 was David Ishii of the United States, who has won four tournaments in Japan.

Hiromichi Namiki stood third at 68 and seven Japanese - Kimpachi Yoshimura, Tsutomu Irie, Ikuo Shirahama, Futoshi Irino, Hideto Shigenobu, Shigeru Kawamata and Shoichi Sato - shared fourth place at 69.

Brian Jones of Australia, who won the Galant Golf Tournament two weeks ago, was among five players tied for 11th at 70.

The winner will pocket $51,500 on Sunday.