Stroll in the Park as Korean beats Ko by 5 strokes
SOUTH Korea's Park In Bee won the first women's Olympic golf title in 116 years on Saturday, using her effortless swing and unflappable demeanour to take a five-stroke victory over New Zealand's Lydia Ko.
Park shot a five-under 66 to finish the tournament at 16-under. Ko, the 19-year-old world No. 1, ended at 11-under to take silver while China's Feng Shanshan finished a stroke further back for bronze.
The normally impassive Park, a former world No. 1, rolled in a final par putt on the 18th hole at the Rio Games Olympic course and appeared to choke up for a moment as she raised her arms in victory.
The win adds to an impressive collection of achievements for Park, including seven Major championships, and served to punctuate the dominance of South Korean women golfers.
"This definitely ranks at the top," Park, now ranked No. 5, said of the gold medal's place in her career.
"I have won Majors but I haven't won a gold medal so this feels very, very special."