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Paraguay’s Franco leads Token Corporation Cup

March 13, 1997

SATSUMA, Japan (AP) _ Paraguay’s Carlos Franco shot a 7-under-par 65 today to take a three-stroke lead over American Brain Watts after the first round of the Japan PGA’s season-opening Token Corporation Cup.

Franco, seeking his fourth victory in Japan, had eight birdies and a bogey on the Kedouin Golf Club course. Watts, the 1987 NCAA champion at Oklahoma State, has won eight times on the Japanese tour.

American Rick Hartmann was five back after a 70, while Japanese star Jumbo Ozaki, the tour’s leading money winner the last three seasons, joined American Brandt Jobe and Australia’s Peter Senior at 71.

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