Due to forecasted strong winds and thunderstorms in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, groups of three will go off both the first and 10th tees for the final round with the first tee time at 7:00 a.m. and final tee time at 8:44 a.m. All times are local to Rio.
8:22 a.m. – First Tee - Charley Hull, Su Oh, Paula Reto
Great Britain’s Charley Hull, Australia’s Su Oh and South Africa’s Paula Reto are grouped together in the final round of the women’s competition in Rio. While Hull sits six back of leader Inbee Park and Oh and Reto seven-strokes back, there is still a chance they can earn their way onto the podium. During the men’s competition last week in Rio, U.S.A’s Matt Kuchar carded a final round 63 to come from seven-strokes back to earn a bronze medal. Hull played in the final group on Friday but stumbled to a three-over par, 74 to fall down the leaderboard. Oh and Reto seemed unfazed by the windy conditions during the third round, with Oh carding one of the low rounds of the day with a 66 to move to T-8 with Reto, who posted 68 on Friday.
8:33 a.m. – First Tee - Shanshan Feng, Hee Young Yang, In Gee Chun
China’s Shanshan Feng will play alongside the Republic of Korea’s Hee Young Yang and In Gee Chun in the final push for an Olympic medal. Both Feng and Chun will lean on their experience of having won major championships on the LPGA Tour to manage the pressure and make a move up the leaderboard on Saturday. Feng is eight-under par, three strokes back of Park. Yang and Chun sit at five-under par, six strokes back of the lead.
8:44 a.m. – First Tee - Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Gerina Piller
Two of the most decorated players over the last decade on the LPGA Tour will play together in the final round of the women’s competition in Rio. Former world No.1 Inbee Park of the Republic of Korea and current No.1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand will play alongside U.S.A’s Gerina Piller on Saturday. Park has held both the 36 and 54-hole lead in Rio and enters the final round with a two-stroke lead ahead of her nearest competitors. Battling through the windy conditions on Friday, Ko posted the low round of the day with a bogey-free, 65 to move into a share of second with Piller. While the American has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, representing her country seems to bring out her best golf. Piller has been a member of both the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 2015 as well as Team U.S.A. who won the UL International Crown in July.