Lydia Ko on her first ever hole-in-one

“I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up and down, but that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then I realised, hey, I’ve got 11 more holes.

“I haven’t been very lucky with hole-in-ones. I didn’t really expect it to go in, but when it finally dropped, I thought was going to cry almost, you know cry from happiness.”

Marianne Skarpnord on her ball moving at the 10th, a la Dustin Johnson, and being told they would review it at the end of the round

“I wanted him (the rules official) to decide. It’s his decision if I get a penalty or not. I think it’s the most stupid rule in golf that you can potentially be penalized for a ball that is moving on the green when it’s not your fault.

“When I put it down as I moved away from the ball it was kind of vibrating a little bit and then when I was standing over it I saw it was going to move. I never put my putter down because I was 99 percent sure it was going to move.”

Leader Inbee Park on her third round

“It was a a struggle out there. I feel like I battled really well. I putted really good, but my ball-striking was not great with the wind and that gave me a lot of bogeys. The course was playing very, very difficult. My putting was really, really good today, six birdies out in those conditions is phenomenal. I’m happy where I’m standing and I look forward to Saturday.”

Gerina Piller on the prospect of winning a gold medal

“I allow myself to think about it. Because I’m a firm believer that when you see yourself doing something, and you keep running that through your mind, then you’re more likely to do that.

“Just really see myself in contention, up at the top of the leaderboard, standing on that podium and just really giving myself belief and self-talk that I do belong there. I feel like I have a chance at this.”

Ariya Jutanugarn on her withdrawal with a knee injury

“Very disappointed, because it’s the Olympics, and I told my caddie, ‘I want to finish four days. I don’t care how many over I’m going to be,’ but I’m thinking about my career.”

Ariya Jutanugarn


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Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

Handicap: 8

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