Yosuke Asaji leads Asian Amateur

Updated: October 7, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
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TOKYO -- Yosuke Asaji of Japan shot a 4-under 67 to lead the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship.

Asaji, 17, is one-shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, Jake Higginbottom of Australia and Lee Jae-hyeok and Park Il-Hwan, both of Korea. All four shot 68.

A total of 118 amateurs are playing in the event on the West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club

"I played perfectly today with no bogeys, and I only missed the green on one hole," he said. "I think I play well at Kasumigaseki, so hopefully I can do better than last year, when I finished 41st, because I really want to play in the Masters in the future."

The winner earns a spot in 2011 Masters. The winner and runners up get a berth in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship next year.