Rio 2016: Park 'honoured' to claim historic Olympic gold


Inbee Park may have won seven major titles on the LPGA Tour but claiming Olympic gold on Saturday gave her the best feeling of her career.

The South Korean stormed to victory at the Olympic Golf Course by five shots from Lydia Ko, Park hitting her third 66 of the tournament to win with a score of 16 under par.

Park won two majors in 2015 to establish herself as one of the best players in the history of the women's game, her British Open success securing a career grand slam.

She failed to win any of the 2016 majors but dominated the tournament to become the first woman to win an Olympic golf gold medal in 116 years.

"I feel extremely honoured and proud that I get to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games," she told a media conference.

"It feels truly unreal. I am just so happy to be standing on the highest spot on the podium.

"I have won many tournaments but I have never felt this before."

Park hopes her victory - South Korea's ninth gold - can help establish their place in the top 10 of the medal table, the nation currently sitting in eighth.

She added: "I think we were hoping for a 10th-place finish this Olympics and hopefully my gold medal will help us go in to the top 10.

"I really enjoyed being out here. Even if I hadn't won a gold medal this week it would have been a fantastic week."