Lydia Ko wins silver, NZ's 17th Olympic medal

Lydia Ko has become New Zealand's youngest ever female Olympic medallist, winning silver with a stunning birdie in the final round of golf in Rio.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand, birdies on the 7th hole during the final round of the women's golf at Rio 2016.
Lydia Ko of New Zealand, birdies on the 7th hole during the final round of the women's golf at Rio 2016. Source: Associated Press

The 19-year-old's birdie on the final hole secured her the silver, after tying for second for most of the final round with China's Shanshan Feng.

Runaway leader Inbee Park was unstoppable, dealing a major blow to Ko's golfing gold medal hopes with a magnificent front nine.

Park finished on 16-under to claim a dominant five-shot victory with Feng picking up bronze on 10-under.

Ko ended her round on two-under for the day to finish one shot ahead of Feng.

From left to right, silver medalist, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, gold medalist Inbee Park of South Korea, and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng of China.
From left to right, silver medalist, Lydia Ko of New Zealand, gold medalist Inbee Park of South Korea, and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng of China. Source: Associated Press

Ko's drive safely on the 18th fairway, her second shot pulled on the left, into the gallery and was picked up by a young fan who obviously doesn't know much about the game.

Former No.1 Park birdied three of the opening five holes in a stunning start to her final round at the Marapendi course.

Gregg Thorpe only left the course for a moment, but when he returned, the golf world was once again hailing the young Kiwi superstar. Source: 1 NEWS

Park's putting was peerless as she drained opportunity after opportunity to move 15-under, while Ko could not get anything to drop to sit at nine-under in a share of second with China's Shanshan Feng.

Inbee Park of South Korea
Inbee Park of South Korea Source: Associated Press

The 19-year-old Kiwi also had opportunities to gain shots but her putts were either fractionally short or just wide.

Ko had moved into medal contention after a third round 65 which put her two shots behind Park heading into the final 18 holes.

Ko is NZ's 17th medallist at the Rio Games, bringing the tally to four golds, nine silvers and four bronze.


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