South Korean Inbee Park leads by two heading into final day


From left Silver medalist Lydia Ko gold medal winner Inbee Park from Korea and China's Shanshan Feng who took bronze

South Korea’s Inbee Park won the gold medal in women’s golf with a five-shot victory Saturday at the Rio Games.

South Korea’s Park Inbee poses with her gold medal in the Women’s individual stroke play at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Before I came, I thought I’d play like it was any other tournament, but when I got to the village and saw the other athletes, I realised it was not just another tournament. “I failed to convert a birdie in the 15th hole, before I made some adjustments to finish three birdies in a row”, Feng said. Had she missed the final putt, Ko would’ve been headed to a playoff with Feng.

“We all know that there is a lot on the line at the end of tomorrow, but I think I’ve just got to take it on as just another day out there and just focus on the shot I have in front of me”. “Whether it was a worry or whether it was people thinking she’s going to do good– there was a little bit of confusion from me whether I can perform well this week or not, because I really haven’t performed well this year with the injury”.

Shanshan Feng of China shot 68 and was three shots back.

Ko made the first hole-in-one of her career as she raced into contention with a 65, closing the gap to two shots.

“It’s fantastic. It is a course that really suits me, said Verchenova”. Any birdie over the last two holes would give her a 62 and the best Olympic round ever – besting Marcus Fraser’s opening round 63 in the men’s event that was tied by Stacy Lewis in her second round this week.

“I have won many tournaments but I have never felt this before”, she said.

“If anybody [of the four Chinese players in the Olympic tournaments] can have a good result, maybe a medal, it’s going to really change everything about golf in China”, she said Saturday after shooting a final-round 69. A tough 30 foot eagle putt on the par five 18th was missed which made it mathematically impossible to catch the golfers in third spot, though Lee did make the birdie to finish a highly creditable eight under par overall. “I wanted to do my best, regardless of the outcome”, said Park after the game. “From this point, I fared well during this week”, said Feng. “I would have loved to have done a dance or jumped up and down but in that situation I was nearly about to cry”, the 19-year-old said.

Both 20-year-olds were full of praise for the Olympic experience and expressed a hope they’ll be in similarly good form in four years when the Games move to Tokyo.

She finished at 16-under 268, the same score with which Justin Rose won the gold medal last Sunday in men’s golf.

Ko obliged by easing her ball to within three metres of the pin and sinking a putt which teetered like a funambulist in a gusty southerly on the cup rim a the course in Rio on Satuday (local time).

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