RIO DE JANEIRO – The highlight of Day 1 at the Olympic women’s competition was the play of Ariya Jutanugarn, who leads by one stroke after an opening 65. Just slightly behind the Thai’s play, however, was a particularly slow pace of play.
Most rounds stretched nearly 5 ½ hours and the final groups finished just as the sun was setting behind nearby hills.
“Extremely [slow]. That's putting it nicely,” said American Stacy Lewis of Wednesday’s pace. “I knew it was going to take probably close to five, between 4 ½ and five [hours]. It's a lot of golf course to walk and takes some time, but I didn't expect it to be that slow.”
Lewis didn’t know why the pace was so slow on Day 1 and said her group, which also included Jutanugarn and Sei Young Kim, had to wait from their opening tee shots.