I have to admit that I have yet to watch rounds 3 and 4 of the women’s golf competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics. I was at work following scores on day 3 when I found out that Ariya Jutanugarn, who was having a disastrous round, pulled out with a knee injury. That completely gutted me. Win or lose, that would have been okay. But to get this far and not even be able to finish…seems unfair. My heart broke for her. Sure, she’s young and one imagines she will get another chance in Japan. But you know something, you never know about the future in sports. Go back four years ago and many of the qualifiers would have been different. At any rate, I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the second half of the tournament. So there is no analysis of what happened from me, only congratulations to Inbee Park, Lydia Ko and Shanshan Feng on their medals. Also, I would offer praise to all of the women who came to Rio and honored the game with their spirited efforts. Just give me a few days. After I get over my Ariya heartbreak, I’ll watch the concluding two rounds and enjoy all that these great athletes brought to Brazil this Olympiad. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love the ladies of women’s golf and open my heart up for what they accomplished in Rio. I’m just so all in with Ariya Jutanugarn that things like this suck the energy out of me for a few days and I have to play catch up watching a tournament a day or two after it ends.
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GOLD MEDALIST: INBEE PARK, South Korea (-16)
SILVER MEDALIST: LYDIA KO, New Zealand (-11)
BRONZE MEDALIST: SHANSHAN FENG, China (-10)
INBEE, LYDIA and SHANSHAN
Have to admit I was one who thought Inbee’s thumb injury would keep her from winning a medal. She not only won a medal, but it was the gold! Guess I will have to “eat crow” as they say in the USA.
I’m not sure what Inbee’a plans are moving forward, but after already exceeding what Se Ri Pak did, already qualifying for the Hall of Fame and already being a multiple Major winning dominant player, this gold medal sure feels like a completion of a stellar career. I’m pretty sure she’ll keep playing, but I don’t know what more she could do beyond this.