Wed, 22 Sep 2021

TOKYO , Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic women's individual golf tournament kicked off at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Wednesday as Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom led the leaderboard with 5-under-par 66 in the first round.

"I was striking the ball all right. I like long courses in general and it fits my game really well," said Sagstrom at the press conference after first round.

Rio Olympic bronze medalist Feng Shanshan of China played the opening round in the morning together with defending gold medal winner Park In-bee of South Korea and New Zealand's Rio 2016 silver medalist Lydia Ko.

Feng finished her first round with 3-over-par 74, ranking No. 47. "I didn't play well today, but I never gave up throughout the round and tried my best on every shot. I will keep working hard to improve," she said.

The 10-time LPGA Tour winner and former World No. 1 was still optimistic about the coming rounds, "There are three days to go. Everything is possible," said Feng.

Her compatriot Lin Xiyu finished an even-par 71, ranking No. 23. "Playing as an Olympian for the second time, I'm still a little bit nervous. I had two bogeys at the third and fourth holes, which was not a good beginning for today, but I adjusted quickly and caught consecutive birdies," said Lin.

"I had some problems on putts today and if I can fix them in the coming rounds, I'm confident to have a strong finish."

Current world No.1 Nelly Korda of the United States and Indian golfer Aditi Ashok tied on the second with 4-under-par 67.

The Tokyo 2020 golf competition in the women's category runs from August 4 to 7. Stroke play is used at the tournament, with 60 athletes playing four rounds of 18 holes over four days, giving a total of 72 holes.

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