Barnes two shots off the lead at Dunlop Phoenix

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Ricky Barnes opened 3-under 68 in Japan and is just two shots off the lead after the first round.
Associated Press

Series: Other Tour

Published: Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 8:05 a.m.

MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) -- Japanese golfers Tetsuya Haraguchi and Hideto Tanihara both shot 5-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Dunlop Phoenix.

Tomohiro Kondo was a stroke back at the par-71 Phoenix Country Club.

Ricky Barnes of the United States was in a group of eight golfers on 68. They included Brendan Jones of Australia, Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez Castano and and S.K. Ho of South Korea.

Ryo Ishikawa of Japan is skipping the $2.5 million tournament to play in the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

Asian amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama, who won last week's Taiheiyo Masters, shot a 74.