Lee -4 Heading into Final Round
Golf | Published:
Sat 20 August 2016
Individual Stroke Play – Round 3
Oh carded an impressive 66 to keep Australia’s hopes of a first
Olympic golf medal alive, joining compatriot Minjee Lee five shots off
bronze going into the final round.
increasingly gusty conditions at the Olympic Golf Course in Barra de Tijuca,
the 20-year-old holed six birdies in the first half of the third round on
Friday to rocket up the women’s leaderboard before playing solidly in the back
nine to register seven consecutive pars.
approach shot at the par five 18th then allowed her to strike her
seventh birdie for the day to finish four under par overall.
who started the day four shots off the leaders, endured a horror start. After a
fine birdie on the first, Lee bogeyed the second and then found the water twice
in two shots on her way to a triple bogey at the third. A bogey on the fourth
hole meant that she had dropped five shots in three holes to fall to two under.
to fire back-to-back birdies on five and six before 12 consecutive pars
steadied the ship for the Perth native to finish alongside Oh on -4.
"We’ll have to
see whether that round is good enough for me to be challenging for a medal,”
"The back nine
is playing so much tougher than the front nine. When I finished five under for
the day after the first nine I was obviously hoping for a few more birdies. But
then I felt that birdies were not really an option – I thought "just get it up
and onto the green safely and two-putt home.”
"It was hard
coming in especially on 12, 13 and 14. Not only is it hard to get onto the
green but putting is also hard. I backed away so many times because of the
gusts – you just have to be patient.