Golf: McIlroy speaks after shot accidentally hits father
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Women’s world number one golfer Nelly Korda finds herself just one shot behind the lead following round one of the Olympic women’s golf event in Tokyo. Korda carded an impressive four-under-par, 67 from her opening 18 holes to leave her one shot behind round one leader Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden.
After a shaky start that included two bogeys in her opening four holes, the world number one would go bogeyless in her following 14 holes, adding five birdies to the one she carded in between her dropped shots on the second and fourth, to leave herself right in contention at the end of day one.
A look at Korda’s stats show that it could have been even better for the American after she hit 11 out 14 fairways, 16 out of 18 greens and led the way in strokes gained off the tee, and strokes gained on approach.
However, the all important statistic she did not lead was the overall leaderboard as that belonged to Sagstrom, following her five-under-par, 66.
The Swede’s impeccable opening round was a bogeyless one, but like Korda could have been even better as she found herself five-under through her opening 10 holes. However, eight straight pars saw the world number 75 finish on five-under to give her the outright lead heading into day two.
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Things were less straightforward for Team GB though, as both Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff found themselves over par following their opening rounds at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
The British pair are split by a single shot in the leaderboard after Reid carded an opening two-over-par, 73 to leave her in tied-41st, whilst Shadoff posted one shot more after a three-over, 74 to finish again in a tie in 47th.
Ireland’s Leona Maguire finds herself five shots off the pace in a tie for 23rd after the world number 50 shot a level-par, 71 on day one after her three opening round birdies were cancelled out by three frustrating bogeys.
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Speaking ahead of the event Maguire revealed she had spoken to fellow Team Ireland athlete, and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy after his tied-fourth finish in the men’s event last week.
Maguire said: “It’s nice to get their [McIlroy and Shane Lowry] take on things, watching them get a feel for the golf course.”
Speaking on her experience of watching McIlroy out on the course she added: “It was very impressive to watch.”
Reid, Shadoff and Maguire will be looking to make their charge on day two the event which will resume later on this evening at Kasumigaseki Country Club, beginning at 11:30pm BST.
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