The women took to the Olympic Golf Course on Wednesday to begin their tournament.
In contrast to the men, all the top-ranked women have shown up to compete for their respective countries. However, unlike the men, who had at least some recognizable names (Bubba Watson, etc.) only the most ardent of followers of the women’s game will know the names without a scorecard.
The United States squad consists of Lexi Thompson, Stacey Lewis and Gerina Pillar, not exactly household names in America. This is in contrast to the’70’s and ’80s female golfers such as Inga Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez graced magazine covers and were media darlings.
Perhaps the team that feels the same most pressure before even teeing off comes from Korea. Reportedly, media outlets are saying that anything less than a podium sweep will be a disappointment and the sport holds as much weight and notoriety as, say, swimming does in the United States.
As of this writing, LPGA golfer Inee Park is tied for second, while Thompson is the highest United States team member in seventh place.