Nelly Korda won the golf gold medals for the USA, while the Japanese Mone Inami and the New Zealander Lydia Ko won silver and bronze respectively.
Green finished T5 at -13 after starting the day in T3 and looking down and at the curve.
“I felt like I wasn’t close with nine holes,” said Green.
From there, the Western Australian breathed life into her medal rush with four birdies and an eagle from hole ten to sixteen so that the Australians jump off their sofas and dream of Australia’s first Olympic medal in golf.
“I felt like I was on cloud nine for these five holes,” said the 24-year-old.
“The birdie at ten was pretty important. I was feeling a little insecure with my putter and the rest of my game so I really needed something incredibly positive to happen. “
Suddenly she was putting tremendous pressure on her rivals, but her momentum was abruptly halted by a day of weather when she hit her on Nov.
“I feel like I’ve had a couple of rain delays this year that slowed my swing,” said Green.
“I think the putt at 14 – the eagle – opened the door a little.
“Pretty disappointed not having birdie 17 and, of course, bogey 18, but if you’d told me I was fighting for a medal earlier in the week I would definitely have taken it.”
The birdie putt at 17 would have put Green in third place at this point.
“It was probably the only putt today that I wasn’t really sure about reading,” she said.
“I even pulled my caddy, which I never really do unless I’m unsure. I felt like I probably wasn’t doing my best.
“I had the feeling that the delay hurt me a bit because I had so much momentum. But that’s exactly what happens and I’m grateful that we even got today’s lap. “
Despite the disappointment, Green had a message for the Australian children that inspired them with their Olympic efforts.
“Don’t give up, I think I showed that today. Anything can happen, ”she said.
“Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it, and I think that’s why I played better on the second nine because I saw the bigger picture and where I was – for the first time in the Olympics Play to play.
“Just hold on and be tough.”
Australian Minjee Lee continued her week of colorful scorecards with a three-under round of 68 to finish four-under and T29 in her second Olympic campaign.
The highlight of Lee’s day came with an eagle on Par-5 14 – her fifth hole of the day.
“I hit the 5-iron in the green because the tee was up and I pocketed that wobbly putt from the left side of the green because the pin was on the right back, that was fun,” Lee said.
The Evian Championship winner ended her week strong with birdies at five, seven and nine, but ultimately had to regret “too many soft mistakes”.
“I hit the ball really well – and to put it well – I think I wasn’t completely focused mentally,” said the world number 8.
“Evian was my last event on my three week trip and I was just everywhere. It was just a very hectic travel plan for me, so I was probably tired, but I didn’t think it would hit me so hard. “
Still, Lee enjoyed the Olympic experience for the second time.
“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t do better, but I still had a great week with everyone,” she said.
“I know I always represent Australia in every event I play, but that’s a little different.”
World number 1 gold medalist Nelly Korda prevailed thanks to a tense final round with two under par, which was enough to stop Inami, Ko and Indian Aditi Ashok (4th).
The American led for the majority of the tournament, but suddenly found herself on the 7th place with her play partners Ko and Ashok after a double bogey.
At the top, however, it broke off just as quickly as it was caught.
Birdies at eight, nine and ten took her buffer back to three strokes and from then on she never gave up the top spot.
We experienced a more traditional two-person playoff for silver and bronze after the men’s seven-way playoff for bronze.
Inami and Ko finished one stroke behind Korda at -16, but the Japanese took silver on the first playoff hole – much to the delight of the local volunteers who watched – after the New Zealander missed a par putt to keep it.
Ko now has a bronze medal in addition to her silver from Rio.