Ko (69) turns Day 1 around with late eagle hole out


RIO DE JANEIRO – World No. 1 Lydia Ko was not having the best day to begin her week at the Olympic Golf Course.

After making the turn at 1 over, the New Zealander seemed to rebound with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 10 and 11, but another bogey at the 13th stalled her momentum.

From 136 yards from the middle of the 15th fairway, however, her entire day turned around when she holed out her 9-iron approach shot for an eagle-2.

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it's great,” Ko said. “I was even par at that point in my round. So to go from zero to 2 under I think was a great turnaround.”

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Ko played her final three holes in even par for a 2-under 69 and was tied for 11th place, four strokes off the pace set by Ariya Jutanugarn.

“I didn't start off very well. I pretty much scrambled on the first two holes and came off with good pars,” Ko said. “So I'm happy that I ended up 2 under par. I think it's a solid start to the first round of the Olympics. I tried to enjoy it.”