Golf Ð Olympics: Day 7

Olympic Games Press Releases

  • On a day of multiple twists and turns, it was the resiliency of American Nelly Korda that ultimately secured her place in history as an Olympic gold medalist. The 23-year-old shot a closing 2-under par 69 Saturday on Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East Course for a 17-under 267 total and one-stroke victory over silver medalist Mone Inami of Japan and bronze medalist Lydia Ko of New Zealand, who finished second in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is now Olympic women’s golf’s first repeat medalist.
  • India’s Aditi Ashok agonisingly missed an historic medal in women’s golf at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Saturday as she was celebrated at home with tributes led by the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. The 23-year-old Aditi fought bravely throughout the final round at Kasumigaseki Country Club, shooting a closing 3-under 68 to finish one shot shy of a podium finish with her 15-under 269 aggregate.
  • China’s Shanshan Feng fell a few shots shy of winning an Olympic medal in golf for her country after signing off with a 4-under 67 in the women’s competition on Saturday. The 10-time LPGA Tour winner, who won the bronze in Rio 2016, finished solo eighth on 11-under 273 at Kasumigaseki Country Club, some five strokes behind bronze medallist Lydia Ko of New Zealand who lost in a playoff to Japan’s Mone Inami after both tied on 16-under.
  • All week, Japan’s Mone Inami simply headed out to the first tee to “have fun” in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 women’s golf competition. Come Saturday, the 22-year-old rising star gets a chance to win a first ever medal in the sport for host nation Japan at Kasumigaseki Country Club, some six days after Hideki Matsumaya came agonisingly close to a bronze medal in the men’s competition.
  • So, the long and short of the women’s Olympic golf competition heading into Saturday’s final round at Kasumigaseki Country Club is this: American Nelly Korda and Aditi Ashok of India. It’s the difference between the two 23-year-olds, leader Korda at 15-under par 198 and second-place Ashok at 12-under 201, that makes this so fascinating.
  • In Sanskrit, her given name means “Boundless” and Aditi Ashok has certainly lived up to her calling by continuing to produce some phenomenal golf to be on the cusp of an historic medal for India at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The 23-year-old Aditi was once again poised and polished in grinding out a 3-under 68 in the third round of the women’s golf competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club for solo second place on 12-under 201 and three back of leader and World No. 1, Nelly Korda of the United States.
  • China’s Xiyu Lin cut a frustrated figure at Tokyo 2020 women’s golf competition following Friday’s third round, but believes she is due for a bucket of birdies in her bid for an Olympic Games medal. The 25-year-old Lin laboured to a 2-under 69 at Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East Course to stay within three shots of a podium finish in tied 10th place alongside compatriot Shanshan Feng, the bronze medallist from Rio 2016, who fired a 68 for a 7-under 206 total.
  • Following a day of more scorching temperatures, torrid rounds and a potential game-changing storm on the horizon, the fate of the women’s Olympic golf tournament is as unpredictable as the men’s seven-way bronze medal playoff was on Sunday.   What we do know is that world No. 1 Nelly Korda of the USA totally destroyed the immaculate, susceptible Kasumigaseki Country Club East Course through 17 holes on Thursday and was staring at the magical women’s 59 that only IGF President Annika Sorenstam has recorded in prominent professional competition, that back in 2001.
  • India’s Aditi Ashok birdied three of her last four holes for a solid 5-under 66 in the second round of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 women’s golf competition on Thursday to stay in the race for a historic medal for her country. The 23-year-old rolled in five birdies for a flawless card on yet another steamy day at Kasumigaseki Country Club to lie tied second on 9-under 133 with Danish duo, Nanna Koerstz Madsen (64) and Emily Kristine Pedersen (63).
  • China’s Shanshan Feng, the bronze medallist in Rio 2016, celebrated her 32nd birthday in style when she fired a flawless 7-under 64 in the second round of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to haul herself back into medal contention on Thursday. After a disappointing 74 on the first day, she sank seven birdies against no bogeys on another sweltering day at Kasumigaseki Country Club to move up to tied 11th place on 4-under 138.
  • Five years ago, Aditi Ashok was a wide-eyed teenager enjoying her time amongst the giants of sports and being the youngest competitor in the women’s golf competition at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Fast forward to Tokyo 2020, the Indian lass has made it clear of her intention to stamp her mark at Kasumigaseki Country Club, and challenge for an historic medal for her country.
  • While the summer heat was something of a forgotten concern ahead of the Tokyo Olympics due to the pandemic, it definitely was noticeable last week during the men’s golf competition and became a real-life factor Wednesday as the women’s tournament got underway at Kasumigaseki Country Club. Leader Madelene Sagstrom certainly didn’t experience the 41C/105.8F afternoon heat index in her home country of Sweden, but she did attend Louisiana State University, now lives in Orlando, Florida, and has played in even worse furnace-like conditions in Thailand and Singapore.
  • Chinese Taipei’s golfer Wei-Ling Hsu had tears in her eyes when compatriot C.T. Pan picked up a bronze medal in the men’s golf competition.
  • Malaysia’s Kelly Tan rued a double bogey which spoilt her first round card of 2-over 73 in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 women’s golf competition on Wednesday. After turning in 39 with three bogeys at a sun-baked Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East course, the 27-year-old fought back brilliantly with birdies on Hole Nos. 11, 14 and 16 to get back to level par for the day.
  • China’s Shanshan Feng has described her bronze medal from Rio 2016 as the “most important” achievement of her illustrious career as she looks to put the icing on the cake in what could be her Olympic Games swansong at Tokyo 2020. The 10-time LPGA Tour winner and former World No. 1 will tee up alongside compatriot Xiyu Lin at Kasumigaseki Country Club starting on Wednesday where defending gold medal winner Inbee Park of Korea, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the silver medallist in Rio, and current World No. 1 Nelly Korda of the United States will start as early favourites for podium finishes in the women’s golf competition.
  • If Kelly Tan was looking for extra motivation ahead of her second appearance at the Olympic Games women’s golf competition, she got a full dose of it by witnessing a dramatic conclusion to the men’s event at the weekend. Kelly, Malaysia’s sole representative on the LPGA Tour, said the seven-man playoff for the bronze medal which included Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Paul Casey, was riveting as the players fought till the very end before Chinese Taipei’s C.T.
  • This is when it gets real. Prior to arriving at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Justin Thomas of Team USA said all the right things about representing his country and the excitement that he felt playing golf for a medal. 
  • With the men’s Olympic Golf competition completed, groupings for the first and second rounds of the women's Olympic Golf competition have been announced. Mone Inami (JPN), winner of five JLPGA events in 2021, will have the honor of hitting the opening tee shot to get the competition underway Wednesday at Kasumigaseki Country Club. 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Inbee Park (KOR) will tee off at 8:41 a.m. alongside 2016 Silver Medalist Lydia Ko (NZL) and 2016 Bronze Medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN).
  • Sometimes it’s best to stick to plan A, even if it seems like the universe is telling you otherwise. For Mariajo Uribe, that plan A included becoming a mother in 2020.
  • The tears from Hidilyn Diaz hit the floor at the same time as the barbell. Diaz won gold for the Philippines in the 55-kilogram category of women’s weightlifting, the first-ever gold medal for the country in any sport at the Olympics.
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