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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 208
It’s not a stretch to suggest Olympic golf has the potential to become the pinnacle of the women’s game. That’s not to disparage the LPGA’s five majors in any way, however Park – a seven- time major winner and former world No.1 – knows exactly where it fits among her long list of achievements: at the top. “I’ve won majors, but I haven’t won a gold medal,” she said. “There’s nothing I would want to change.” “I’m never going to take it off,” she said of the latest addition to her trophy cabinet. “I might have to shower with it. I know it doesn’t rust.” Australia’s Su Oh, who looked a potential medal winner until a disappointing double-bogey on the 13th hole, echoed the overwhelming and almost universal sentiments from the players who took part in Rio. “Before I came, I thought I’d play like it was any other tournament, but when I got to the village and saw the other athletes, I realised it was not just another tournament,” Oh said. The men might have been late to the party, but the women gave Olympic golf their seal of approval long before the turnstiles opened at Rio’s Olympic Golf Club, by virtue of the fact that almost every one of the world’s top players made themselves available for the event. It’s future beyond the 2020 Games might be unclear, but the women’s golf tournament is on the fast-track to becoming what the Masters is to the men’s game. Many of the players would probably tell you it’s already there. E “BEFORE I CAME, I THOUGHT I’D PLAY LIKE IT WAS ANY OTHER TOURNAMENT, BUT WHEN I GOT TO THE VILLAGE AND SAW THE OTHER ATHLETES, I REALISED IT WAS NOT JUST ANOTHER TOURNAMENT.”
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