Austria's Straka in Olympic lead with 63

(AP Photo/Matt York)

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Rikuya Hoshino did not have the first tee to himself Thursday for the start of Olympic golf.

The grandstand behind him, normally empty like at so many other venues at the spectator-less Games, was filled with volunteers in their Tokyo2020 shirts wanting to see the 25-year-old from Japan with the honor of hitting the first shot in the pandemic-delayed Olympics.

The other two players with him in the first group, Sepp Straka of Austria and Thomas Pieters of Belgium, took it from there.

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