The pundits were right. So perhaps it wasn’t a surprise that a Korean would win Women’s Olympic Golf Gold. After all, that squad was favored to medal.
However, with the burden of expectations of an entire country on her shoulders, Inbee Park simply shrugged and bested the Olympic field by five strokes, ending up at 16 under par for the tournament. Park pretty much dominated from the outset, as she carded back-to-back 66s in the first two rounds on the way to the podium.
Unlike the Koreans, the three-person United States team came to the Olympic Golf Course with minimal expectations and even less name recognition. With the pressure off, Stacy Lewis finished just out of medal contention, tying for fourth. Teammates Gerina Pillar (T11) and Lexi Thompson (19th) were farther back.