South Korea's Inbee Park holds a two-shot lead going into the final round of the women's Olympic golf event in Rio.

Park maintained her advantage with a one-under round to move to 11 under par overall, while Great Britain's Charley Hull is tied fifth on five under par.

USA's Gerina Piller and New Zealand's Lydia Ko, who was one of two players to make a hole-in-one on Friday, are tied second on nine under.

Great Britain's Catriona Matthew is out of medal contention in tied 26th place.

A round of 66 on Thursday had taken the 46-year-old Scot into the top 15 but a 77 on Friday, a round which included a triple-bogey seven on the par-four 12th, has left her on one over.

Hull, 20, dropped four shots in her last seven holes in a three-over-par 74 and needs a strong final round if she is to win Britain's second golf medal of the Games after Justin Rose's gold in the men's competition.

China's Lin Xiyu became the first female player to make an Olympic hole-in-one on the 154-yard par-three eighth - before Ko did likewise on the same hole.

Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, who led after the opening day, withdrew from the competition because of a knee injury.

Golfers will tee off from the first and 10th holes at 11:00 BST and 11:05 respectively on Saturday because of the threat of bad weather.

The leading group of Park, Ko and Piller will start on the first tee at 12:44.

 

China's Lin Xiyu hit a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth during the third round of the women's golf competition at the Rio Olympics.

World number one Lydia Ko later hit another ace on the same hole, to move into a tie for second place.

 

Quotes of the Day – Round 3

 

Inbee Park 202 (66, 66, 70): “I think having big names on the leaderboard can make everything a lot more exciting and that can help women’s golf grow a lot bigger. I’m very happy what we are showing in the Olympic golf right now.  It’s really exciting for everyone.  Really exciting for me.  Really exciting for all the other players that are competing.  Exciting for all the people who are watching.  Yeah, it’s a great scenario.”

 

Lydia Ko 204 (69, 70, 65): “This week has been great.  Even without considering today, I think just this experience, being here, representing New Zealand, seeing some of the other athletes from New Zealand, I think that is an inspiration, and I think that’s what the Olympics is about. Obviously the results and the medals are great, but at the end of the day, it’s about the world’s best athletes together and having a great time and at the end, having to compete to stand on the podium.”

 

Gerina Piller 204 (69, 67, 68): “I would say it’s one of the biggest (rounds of her life), yes.  Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.  But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before competing for a medal.  It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

 

Shanshan Feng 205 (70, 67. 68): “Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any (television) channels.  I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.”

 

Paula Reto 209 (74, 67, 68): “It (Olympic Games) feels awesome.  It’s almost like you’ve got something above some people.  Just the experience, it’s something you can’t buy.  It’s something you have to earn. We love the golf course.  It’s great.  For us to play for the first time in a competition since it’s been built – that’s awesome.”

 

Ariya Jutanugarn (WD due to knee injury): “Yeah, very disappointed, because it’s the Olympics, and I told my caddie that I want to finish like four days.  I don’t care how many over I’m going to be, but I’m thinking about my career.”

 

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