South Korea's Inbee Park ran away from the field in Rio De Janeiro to win by two strokes and become the first women to win an Olympic women's golf gold medal since 1900.
The world No. 5 went into the day with a three stroke advantage and never looked like relinquishing the lead, storming home with a five-under par 66 to win by five. Park has been nursing a thumb injury this year and was criticised by some in her native country for taking up her Olympic spot after a tough few months in which her only competitive appearance was a missed cut in a Korean Tour event. Despite rumours circling that this could be the 28-year-old's last event before retiring to start a family, Park looked poised throughout, playing sensational golf in a round which included seven birdies.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko birdied the last to finish eleven-under and pip China's Shanshan Feng to the silver medal. The New Zealander looked set for a play-off with Feng after her ten-footer appeared to have skimmed the lip, but the ball somehow managed to drop, with it gifting the 19-year-old yet another accolade in her sensational young career.
Great Britain's Charley Hull went within touching distance of a medal, but despite being only a shot off third-place during part of her back nine but would eventually finish in a respectable tie for 7th. Meanwhile Catriona Matthew who came into the Games with some great form finished in a disappointing 29th place, closing her challenge with a level-par 71.
American Stacy Lewis will be left to rue what might have been after coming a few inches short of a playoff with Feng for bronze. Lewis fired a closing 66 and birdied 16 and 17 before leaving a final birdie try hanging on the lip at the 18th hole.
Irish amateur Leona Maguire made a great finish to the tournament with a two-under 69 which left her T-21, whilst her compatriot Stephanie Meadow also rose up the leader board on day 4 to finish T-31.
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