World No. 1 Nelly Korda shot a 2-under par 69 over her final 18 holes on Saturday in Saitama, Japan, to maintain her three-round lead and win the 2020 Summer Games women’s golf championship.
Men’s No. 4 Xander Schauffele won last weekend’s men’s golf tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club, giving the Americans an Olympic sweep.
“It’s crazy. It sounds absurd that I’m a gold medalist and an Olympian,” Korda told NBC. “It’s absurd and it just hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Korda, 23, became the first golfer, man or woman, to win a major championship and Olympic gold in the same year. She also won June’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
The Bradenton, Fla., native was 4-under par and sat one stroke behind Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom through her first 18 holes of the Olympic tournament. She roared into the lead in the second round, when she carded a 9-under par 62, which tied the Olympic record.
Korda entered the third round with a four stroke lead. She carded a score of 69 in each of her final two rounds. She faced several challengers in the final round, but managed to hang onto her slight edge.
Mone Inami of Japan birdied No. 17 to share the lead with Korda, then bogeyed No. 18 to fall behind.
Korda finished with five birdies, a bogey, and a double bogey.
Inami and Lydia Ko of New Zealand both carded 6-under par 65s in the final round and fought in a playoff for silver. Ko took bronze after missing a 10-foot putt in the playoff.
Jessica Korda, Nelly Korda’s sister, shot a 7-under-par 64 in the final round. She finished in a tie for 15th place.
Danielle Kang, an American, finished the final round at 3-over par and tied for 20th place. Lexi Thompson of Team USA finished 33rd.
“This is GOAT [greatest of all time] status for me,” Jessica said of Nelly. “To win three times in a season, be world No. 1 and now she’s [won] gold.”
Nelly Korda’s win gave Team USA its 100th overall medal at the Games.
Greece’s Paraskevi Papachristou competes during the triple jump qualifier on July 30. Photo by Richard Ellis