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Golf: Thailand’s Jutanugarn leads after first round; USA’s Thompson three back

Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson of the United States, watches her shot from the waste area on the 5th hole during the first round of the women’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


One of the world’s best golfers ended on top after the first day of women’s Olympic golf in over a century.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 65 to leave the Olympic Golf Course with a one stroke lead over South Korea’s Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim after one round.

U.S. medal hope Lexi Thompson is tied for 7th after shooting a 68, while World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand shot a 2-under 69.

That’s the same score as American golfer Gerina Piller, who is tied for 11th, and one stroke better than USA’s Stacy Lewis.

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