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70 for Padraig Harrington as early Olympic pace-setters threaten to pull away

Seamus Power also managed to hit back-to-back birdies on his front nine.

IRELAND’S PADRAIG HARRINGTON had a mixed day in the inaugural round of Olympic golf in Rio.

The Dubliner carded a one-under par 70 to leave him six shots off early pace-setter Marcus Fraser of Australia.

Harrington got off to a poor start as he was one of the few early starters to bogey the par 5 first, but he was able to steady the ship and was back to even par with a birdie at the fifth.

The three-time Major winner looked to be really finding a rhythm at the turn as he carded a birdie either side of it to move to -2 through 10 holes.

On the 12th though, his stock was dropping and score rising again as he thumped his second shot into an embankment before it slipped back towards a bunker. He took a bogey there and again on the 14th hole.

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He would finish on the right side of the ledger though, as his fourth birdie of the day came at the 15th and he then narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to leave him with a -1 in the clubhouse.

Seamus Power is also sitting at -1 (at the time of writing) after back-to-back birdies on four and five.

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