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Davis Love Leads Japan Golf Tourney

May 1, 1998

AICHI, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Tommy Nakajima became the first player in Japan PGA history to record a hole-in-one on a par-4 hole, while Davis Love III maintained the lead in the Chunichi Crowns.

Nakajima holed a 341-yard drive on the first hole today, but struggled the rest of the way en route to a 2-over-par 73 and an even-par 140 total, leaving him five strokes behind Love.

Love, the 1997 PGA champion coming off a victory two weeks ago in the PGA Tour’s MCI Classic, shot a 1-over 71 in windy conditions for a one-stroke advantage over Canada’s Rick Gibson.

``The wind made things really tough out there today,″ said Love, who had a 5-under 135 total on Nagoya’s Wago Course. ``I wasn’t hitting the ball solid, but putted really well.″

Gibson shot a 70.

British Open champion Justin Leonard and fellow American Brian Watts joined Nakajima at 140. Leonard shot a 71, and Watts had a 68. Japan’s Jumbo Ozaki, the three-time defending champion, shot a 69 for a 142 total.

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