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Katsumasa Miyamoto shows his gratitude with 3T finish to the host course for their warm support

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48 years old top player, Katsumasa Miyamoto, who is also a Tourism Goodwill Ambassador of Gotemba City since 2005, which is host city of this week's event, made a great start with 2 under Par 3T finish after the R1.
"I had the privilege of playing on this course for so many times, so if I played over Par today, I must apologize to the Course Manager."

Katsumasa lives just 15 minutes' drive from the course. So, during the stay home period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, course provided him the place to practice.

"Usually, we play here for this tournament, and few times on special events in December. I have been living nearby for 16 years, but on regular seasons I am on the tour around Japan, but this year I was able to enjoy spring summer autumn and winter here. It was really beautiful during the spring green leaves season."

"I usually play after all of the guests have left. I play as the course care takers are doing their magnificent job. So, I know what a great job they do here."

"I came here last Sunday. I was wondering when the greens will become so slick to the world's top-class tournament setting. It was nothing like this fast on Sunday. But when I came on Tuesday and was really surprised to see the preparations were finished just in 2 days."

"I am grateful that even under these tough circumstances, hosting course gave their very best to set the course to be so perfect. So, as a player, we must play well. It is very unfortunate that the spectators are not allowed. I really wish all will be back to normal as fast as it could."

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