Tough start for Irish duo in Olympic golf

Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow both struggled out on the course this afternoon

Leona Maguire

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Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow got their Olympic golf campaigns off to a difficult start this afternoon, with both golfers shooting over-par opening rounds.

Maguire struggled to find her rhythm this afternoon as she shot 74 in Rio.

The 21-year-old finished on three-over-par after two bogeys on the front nine was followed by a double bogey around the turn.

What proved a difficult day on course, she finished with a bogey on 15 before a birdie on 16, before two solid pars to closed out her round. 

Meadow started at a slightly later time and again found it difficult to find any momentum, finishing with a six-over-par round of 77.

She had to endure a particularly difficult back nine, picking up three bogeys and, like Maguire, picked up a double bogey on 10.