Aug 20th, 2016
Walk in the Park for Imbee
Wins Women’s Olympic golf by 5 shots
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
The Republic of Korea’s Inbee Park, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and China’s Shanshan Feng are Olympic medalists.
Park added an Olympic gold medal to her list of achievements by extending her 54-hole lead to as many as six-strokes over the course of the final round, winning at 16-under par to secure her a very comfortable victory.
Ko finished at 11-under par for the silver medal, and Feng took home the bronze medal with a 10-under par round.
Park’s performance this week in Rio was made that much more impressive by her battle with multiple injuries this season.
She had a back injury, which forced her to withdraw from the first event of the season followed by recent struggles with a left thumb injury which forced her to miss the last month on the LPGA Tour.
During the past month, Park focused on rehab and practice, and came back on the KLPGA Tour where she opened with rounds of 74 to miss the cut.
But it was to be a completely different week for Park, when she opened with three sub-par rounds to hold both the 36 and 54-hole lead. Park posted a final round 66 to win by five-strokes ahead of Ko.
Ko became the youngest medal winner from New Zealand with he Silver Medal, and carded a final round two-under par, 69 to finish five shots adrift of Park.
Feng had an opportunity to win the silver medal with a 11-foot putt for birdie at the par 5, but left it short to finish at 10-under par for the week. Feng posted a two-under par, 69 to move into the third position on the podium.