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American Nelly Korda fired a 4-under-par 67 on Wednesday and sits tied for second after a steamy first round of the women’s golf event at the Tokyo Olympics in Saitama.
Korda and India’s Adita Ashok are one stroke behind the leader, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom (66), at Kasumigaseki Country Club. South Korea’s Jin Young Ko shot a 68 and is tied for fourth with Matilda Castren of Finland and Spain’s Carlota Ciganda.
Sagstrom carded a bogey-free round.
With a heat index soaring above 110 degrees, Korda survived a chaotic opening nine that featured four birdies and two bogeys, rebounding with back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15.
“I’m hoping I’m in total control, it’s golf at the end of the day,” said Korda, who is making her Olympics debut. “I kind of sprayed some shots out to the right on my last two holes with my irons, but you’re going to have that, you’re going to lose a little bit of concentration.”
American Danielle Kang (69) is among nine players tied for seventh, three shots back. South Korea’s Inbee Park, who won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, also is in that scrum.
–Field Level Media
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