Ricoh Women's British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn leads after the first round of the Olympic Golf in Rio de Janeiro after a first round six-under 65.
Twenty-year-old Jutanugarn continued her fantastic form from Woburn to card a bogey free round and sit one-stroke ahead of the Republic of Korea’s Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim.
Brazil’s Miriam Nagl hit the opening tee shot in Barra da Tijuca to usher in the return of women’s golf to the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, an event which has been heavily endorsed by golf's female stars.
Korea's Inbee Park, who has been struggling for a thumb injury for most of the season, came out with all guns blazing after a first round 66. In what may be the final tournament for the former world number one, who is rumoured to retire in order to start a family after the Games, the Korean answered all her critics by finishing the first day one behind the lead. Park had been heavily criticised back home for taking her spot in the Olympics after a injury-hampered few months in which she has only played one tournament, a Korean Tour event in which she missed the cut.
GB's Charley Hull made a fine start with a three-under 68 to sit on T-7 alongside Spain’s Azahara Munoz and India’s Aditi Ashok. Hull's teammate Catriona Matthew, who will be looking to replicate Justin Rose's gold medal winning performance, is five shots of the lead after an opening 71. Both players remain in contention to emulate American Margaret Abbott, the last women's golf gold medallist in 1900.
Irish amateur Leona Maguire left her herself with a lot to do however after an opening three-over par 74 which included a 7 on the 10th.
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