Overview of the 2016 women’s Olympic golf competition
Inbee Park of Korea captured Asia’s first Olympic Games golf gold medal when she completed a remarkable recovery from injury to underscore her status as one of the latter-day greats of the women’s game. The 28-year-old from Seoul recorded her third sublime 66 at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro to win the first women’s competition since 1900 by five shots from New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and by six from Shanshan Feng of China. Park finished on a 16-under-par total of 268 with scores of 66-66-70-66. Park turned the final day in front of a sell-out crowd into a stunning exhibition of brilliantly controlled golf, extending her lead from two strokes overnight into a commanding five-shot victory over world No.1 Ko, who rolled in a seven-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole for a 69 and 273 total to claim the silver medal. Feng matched Ko’s closing score to take the bronze on 274.
About the Olympic golf competition
There was a men’s and women’s golf competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Both competitions comprised 72 holes of stroke play (four rounds of 18 holes), scheduled over four consecutive days. A total of 60 players competed in both the men’s and women’s events respectively. The three players with the lowest cumulative scores for the four rounds were awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals.