Matthew level after debut Olympic round

Catriona Matthew has admitted to first tee nerves as she made her historic Olympic debut in the women’s golf in Rio.

The Scots former Open winner struggled to make an impression on the leaderboard in the opening holes, but finished on level par 71 to stay in contention

Matthew and GB team-mate Charley Hull, who shot a three-under 68, are hoping to emulate Justin Rose’s feat in the men’s competition and win only the second ever women’s golf Golf, the last having been won in Paris in 1900.

Open winner, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn is once again the player the rest of the field have to catch after finishing six-under par.

Matthew said: “The last five or six holes I hit some good putts that just didn’t go in. Overall I am still in it and that is the main thing so I am not too disappointed.

“The third hole was tricky pin and I probably should have tried to not be so aggressive, I plugged it in the bunker and that led to an easy double.

“I had some good birdies on six and nine and that got me back in it and I played really well from the sixth hole onwards actually.

“I think it is a really good course actually, a good test. For me I think you have to drive the ball well, the fairways look wide but they are a bit narrower,

“You have just got to get it in the right spot and putt well – drive well and putt well. It has been great [being in Rio]. It was a slightly different introduction to what we’re used to but it was good. I was a little bit nervous on the first tee but it is nice to get started.

“Come Saturday if you are in with a chance of a medal it will feel different but at the moment it is just trying to get into position. Team GB are having a fantastic Olympics and hopefully that will spur us on.”