USA’s Korda Holds Nerve To Win Olympic Golf Gold

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On a dramatic final day of the women’s golf championship, American Nelly Korda won by one stroke. The 23-year-old world number one kept her cool to par the 18th for a two-under 69 and a 17-under total that was enough to beat Mone Inami of Japan and Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

Aditi Ashok of India, who had been in second place after three rounds, finished one stroke behind in fourth. Stephanie Meadow of Ireland placed seventh on 12 under par after a final-round 66, while Jodie Ewart Shadoff and Melissa Reid of Team GB finished 40th and 55th, respectively.

Korda started her final round confidently, sinking a long birdie putt on the first, but a double-bogey on the par-three seventh opened the door, and after birdying the eighth, she was only able to share the lead with Ashok and Ko. As Ko hit consecutive bogeys on 10 and 11, the American regained a three-shot lead, only for home favourite Inami to launch her late charge for triumph.

Korda’s older sister Jessica, who finished in a tie for 15th place after shooting a seven-under 64, joined her in her joy. Korda’s tennis-playing father Petr won the Australian Open in 1998. After Xander Schauffele won the men’s competition last weekend, Team USA now has a golfing double.

Source: BBC Sport

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