Rio 2016: Inbee Park holds onto her advantage going into the final round

South Korean Park leads by two shots despite the weakest round of her three on Friday.

Rio 2016: Inbee Park holds onto her advantage going into the final round
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Rio's Olympic golf course is set for a thrilling finale to the first women's golf competition at the Games since 1900.

Park hangs onto her lead

After two terrific rounds of 66 on the opening two days, South Korea's Inbee Park is the lady to catch at the top of the leaderboard. However she struggled with conditions on a gusty day three, finishing on a one under par 70 as she was unable to open a comfortable gap in gold medal position. Park will hope she has the nerve and composure to secure victory on Saturday as she continues her recovery from a thumb injury.

World number one Lydia Ko is now hot on Park's heels after the round of the tournament so far, a thrilling 65 allowing her to jump 20 places and put her just two strokes behind her South Korean rival. She is joined by America's Gerina Piller in silver medal position who has been the most consistent player with rounds of 69, 67 and 68.

Hull is still chasing medals (photo : Getty Images)
Hull is still chasing medals (photo : Getty Images)

Day one leader Jutanugarn pulls out

Their life was made slightly easier when early leader and World number two Ariya Jutanugarn withdrew from the competition with a knee injury. After a 65 and 71 on the opening two days, the Thai player found herself dropping 12 shots off 13 holes in a disastrous round that eventually resulted in her retiring from the competition.

China's Shanshan Feng is now the most likely player to trouble the top three as she carded 68 to leave her just one stroke behind Ko and Piller. Team GB's Charley Hull was hanging around the medal positions until a disastrous back nine caused her to finish on three over for the day me four strokes away from the medal positions. All eyes will remain on the course in the final round as history is set to be made with the first women's golf Olympic medals since 1900.