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Sunday 22 October 2017

Solid start for Harrington and Power but Australian pulls clear in Olympic golf tournament

Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the first tee box during Round 1 of the men's strokeplay competition at the Olympic Golf Course
Padraig Harrington of Ireland on the first tee box during Round 1 of the men's strokeplay competition at the Olympic Golf Course

Padraig Harrington finished the first round of Olympic golf to be played in 104 years on a respectable -1 (70), tied for 17th, seven shots off the current leader, Australia’s Fraser Marcus.

The Dubliner has consistently expressed his delight in competing at the games, in stark contrast to many of his contemporaries, whom decided to withdraw from the competition amid fears over Zika virus.

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The positive attitude has evidently imbued his game as Harrington shot four birdies, though will be smarting by his trio of bogies.

Harrington shaved the hole on 18 with a birdie putt, meaning he had to settle for par and a round of 70.

Seamus Power, the other Irish golfer competing in the event, shot a level par round of 71 to leave himself in a tie for 27.

Elsewhere, Justin Rose sunk the first hole in one in the history of Olympic golf en route to an impressive 67 to leave himself in a tie for fourth, while Open champion Henrik Stenson is in a tie for second after shooting a five under par 66.

Play resumes tomorrow at 11.30am Irish time.

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