Korda, who also won the PGA Women’s Championship in June, recorded a score of 267 under 17 in four rounds to secure a one-stroke victory over Japan’s Mone Inami and Australia’s Lydia Ko. Inami and Ko posted of 268 under 16 to finish with silver and bronze, respectively, as the pair advanced to the playoffs for the silver medal.
“It’s crazy,” Korda said after the win. “It seems absurd that I’m a gold medalist [winner]. and I am an Olympian. I don’t know, it just hasn’t sunk yet. “
Ko is the only consecutive Olympic women’s golf medalist since the sport’s return to the Games in 2016 after a 112-year absence. She won silver at the Rio 2016 Games, which she entered as the world’s top ranked player, and knows exactly how impressive it is to succeed with those expectations like Korda.
“It’s not easy to play as No.1 in the Olympics. I did it in Rio, “Ko said.” And for her to fight that kind of pressure and expectations and end up winning gold, I think that shows what kind of a class player she is. . I’m sure it’s the start of a lot more majors and many more wins for Nelly. “
Korda held a significant lead heading into the final round, but his 69 in that frame fell behind Inami and Ko’s 65s. Still, that was enough to secure a golf sweep of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for the Americans.
Prior to these Games, the US men’s and women’s golf teams had each spent 121 years without a golf gold medal. They both crossed that barrier in Tokyo.