American Nelly Korda won one stroke on a dramatic final day of the Women’s Olympic Golf Competition in Tokyo.
Three strokes overnight ahead, Korda’s lead was up to a single stroke when the game was suspended for 50 minutes due to a tropical storm with only one hole to play. But the 23-year-old world number 1 kept her nervous to score the 18th for a two-under 69 and a 17-under total that kept Japan’s Mone Inami and Lydia Ko from New Zealand down.
Inami then beat Rio’s silver medalist Ko in the first hole of a play-off match to secure the silver medal.
Korda, who has won two of her previous tournaments, confidently started her last round and sank a long birdie on the first, but a double bogie on the seventh par three opened the door and although she immediately had the eighth birdie made, it was just enough for part of the lead with Ashok and the loading Ko.
The American next time out again and reopened a three-stroke lead when Ko made bogeys at 10 and 11 consecutive bogeys, just for home favorite Inami to start her late bid on glory.
She plays in the group ahead of Korda, making five birdies for a six-under 65 between the 12th and 17th and briefly keeping part of the lead, but it was a bogey at last that would be crucial. again delay for two-well of just within 30 feet for gold.
Korda is joined by her celebrations by older sister Jessica, who ended in a draw for the 15th after shooting a lock of 64.
The win completed a double golf for Team USA after Xander Schauffele won the men’s match at the weekend.
India’s Aditi Ashok, who was second after three rounds, finished a shot further in fourth place, while the homeland, Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow finished best and finished seventh at 12 under after a final round of 66. It was a disappointing tournament for Team GB, with Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Melissa Reid finishing 40th and 55th respectively in the field of 60 people. Reid rallied to a 68 in the final round, but earlier rounds of 73, 75 and 76 ended her on eight overs last week.
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