Near-albatross takes Vincent to top of Sansan KBC Augusta leaderboard

Scott Vincent almost made an albatross on the 18th on Thursday in the first round of the Japan Golf Tour’s Sansan KBC Augusta at Keya Golf Club in Itoshima, Fukuoka on his way to an opening eight-under-par 64.

That gave him a share of the lead with Shuga Imahira and Taisei Shimizu. They had a one-stroke edge over Daiki Imano and Yusuke Sakomoto.

Vincent made seven birdies without dropping a shot through 15 holes, before making his first mistake of the day when he made bogey on the 16th. But he more than made up for that as he played his second shot from the 18th fairway from 231 yards with his four-iron, and he almost holed it for albatross. He tapped in for eagle move to the top of the leaderboard.

Vincent couldn’t get to Japan in 2020 due to the pandemic, but this is his second season on the Japan Tour, and he is getting really comfortable. He even said, “Do you want to do this interview in Japanese?” in Japanese after his round.

He may not be fluent, but his Japanese is getting really good, and he seems to be talking well on casual conversations. But he said, “Oh no, just joking. I need my translator!”

Jbe’ Kruger opened well with a three-under-par 69, while Shaun Norris was on one-under after the first round.

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