RIO DE JANEIRO – Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn withdrew after 13 holes on Friday at the women’s Olympic competition, citing a left-knee injury.
Juatnugarn was the first-round leader after an opening 6-under 65 and shot 71 on Thursday before coming unraveled in Round 3.
“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,” Juatnugarn said.
Juatnugarn said she started to feel tightness in her knee during Thursday’s second round and she met with doctors after the round and taped her knee before teeing off on Friday. The pain became more intense on Day 3 before she decided to withdraw.
The reigning British Women's Open champion had carded three bogeys, two doubles and three triples on Saturday and was 12 over for the day when she stopped playing.