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Rio Olympics: Ariya Jutanugarn leads women’s golf after 1st round

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, waves on the 16th

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, waves on the 16th 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. Photo Credit: AP / Chris Carlson

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand is the first 18-hole leader in the history of women’s golf in the Olympics.

Jutanugarn had a little bit of everything on her scorecard Wednesday and wound up with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead over seven-time major champion Inbee Park and Seiyoung Kim, both of South Korea.

This is the first time for women’s golf to be in the Olympics since the Paris Games in 1900, and back then it was only a nine-hole competition.

Park was playing top competition for the first time in two months because of a thumb injury. She was bogey-free in her round of 66.

Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in women’s golf, holed out from 135 yards on the 15th hole for eagle. She shot 69 and was four shots back.

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