Tokyo Olympics: Lydia Ko bags golf bronze medal

  • Updated
  • 07/08/2021

Lydia Ko has bagged bronze at the Tokyo Olympics golf tournament, after a stunning final round  at Kasumigaseki Country Club, and immediately dedicated her second Games medal to her recently deceased grandmother.

American Nelly Korda won the gold medal with a tense one-stroke victory to complete a United States sweep and secure another glittering prize for a royal family of sport.

Kiwi Ko and Japan's Mone Inami finished tied for second - a shot back from the world No.1 - with the Inami taking the silver, after Ko's par putt lipped out of the cup in the playoff. 

Ko, who won silver at Rio 2016, is now the only golfer to have medalled at both Olympics, since the sport was introduced to the programme.

Afterwards, the Kiwi broke down during a Golf Channel interview. 

"In our private life, we lost my grandmother within a week ago and I was also playing for her as well," she sobbed. "I just wanted to make our family really proud and our country proud, and to win a medal means so much to everyone that has been on this journey with me.

"This is for my grandma."

Overnight leader by three strokes, Korda gave up a share of the lead to the fast-finishing Inami on the 17th, but the home favourite bogeyed 18, giving the American a precious one-stroke buffer as she shot towards the final green.

Korda landed her second in regulation and two-putted for the winning par, finishing with a 69 for a 17-under total of 267.

Korda was joined on the green by sister Jessica, who finished tied for 15th and gave the winner a hug.

Korda's triumph followed Xander Schauffele's win in the men's event on Sunday, underlining the United States' superpower status in the sport.

Ko started the day at 10-under - five shots back from Korda - but a blistering front nine that saw the 24-year-old sink five birdies had Ko in a share for the lead heading into the back nine.

But as Korda nailed two long birdie putts to regain her lead, Ko came up with two untidy bogeys on the 10th and 11th to halt her run.

Birdies on the 13th, 14th and 15th kept the pressure on Korda, but a bogey in the par three 16th hole ended her gold medal charge.

"There were a bunch of us tied for third going into today and I was just glad we were going to get some golf in," she told The Golf Channel. "I gave myself a good run at it and after the 72nd hole, I thought I had won bronze and didn't know I was going into a playoff.

"It would have been great if the colour was different, but to win a medal for my country, I'm very proud of it. To say I'm a two-time medallist, I'm very honoured."