Following round one of the Olympic women’s golf, world number one Nelly Korda is one back.
Nelly Korda of Team USA is one shot behind the leader after day one in Tokyo.
Following round one of the Olympic women’s golf event in Tokyo, world number one golfer Nelly Korda is only one shot behind the leader.
Korda played a four-under-par 67 over her first 18 holes, putting her one shot behind round one leader Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden.
After a difficult start that included two bogeys in her first four holes, the world number one went bogey-free for the next 14 holes, adding five birdies to the one she carded in between her lost shots on the second and fourth, to put herself in contention at the end of the first day.
Korda’s statistics reveal that she might have had a better round after hitting 11 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens, and leading the field in strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained on approach.
The most major statistic she didn’t lead was the overall leaderboard, which was won by Sagstrom after his five-under-par 66.
The Swede’s flawless first round included no bogeys, but she could have done even better since she was five-under through her first ten holes, just like Korda. However, the world number 75 finished the day on five under par, giving her the outright lead heading into day two.
Team GB, on the other hand, had a more difficult day, as both Mel Reid and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were over par after their first rounds at Kasumigaseki Country Club.
The British pair are separated by a single shot on the leaderboard after Reid shot a two-over-par 73 to tie for 41st, and Shadoff fired a three-over-par 74 to tie for 47th.
Leona Maguire, the world number 50, is five strokes off the lead in a tie for 23rd after shooting a level-par 71 on day one, with three frustrating bogeys canceling out her three opening round birdies.
Maguire stated she had spoken to fellow Team Ireland athlete and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy following his tied-fourth performance in the men’s event last week ahead of the event.
“It’s wonderful to get their [McIlroy and Shane Lowry] viewpoint on things,” Maguire stated, according to Brinkwire Summary News.