Medal vs. major: Park, Lexi go for the gold


RIO DE JANEIRO – There’s been so much talk about where the Olympics fit into the men’s tournament spectrum.

Many say the majors take top billing. That’s understandable. Others, like men’s gold medalist Justin Rose, said it’s not appropriate to compare the two, that it’s better to appreciate all for being special in their own way.

Some of the women, however, seem to have a different answer.

“Ever since I found that golf was back in the Olympics, I’ve just been prepping for that,” American Lexi Thompson said. “That was my No. 1 goal, to be on this team.

“I think the Olympics is higher than any major. We have five majors a year, and we only have on Olympics every four years and golf is back in it since 1904. I don’t think there’s a comparison to having a gold medal.”

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Inbee Park shot an opening-round 66 after taking two months off from the LPGA because of a lingering thumb injury. She’s won seven total majors, four of the LPGA’s five majors and only needs to win the Evian Championship to complete the career Grand Slam.

“I think this could be really the highlight of my career if I was lucky enough to have the opportunity,” Park said.