Justin Rose is eager to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games (Photo: Getty Images)
Fresh off soaking up the Olympic opening ceremony, Justin Rose has told golf's stay-away stars they are very much missing out on the sport's 112-year return to the Olympic Games.
Rose, 36, has this week been photographed on social media mixing it up with the rest of the Team GB athletes, including flag bearer and Tennis ace Andy Murray, and was caught sitting in on the BBC's swimming coverage alongside Mark Foster and Becky Adlington.
The Englishman, who starts as one of the tournament favourites, hopes many of the world's top golfers who bypassed the Games over fears about the Zika virus will quickly regret their decision.
"It's potentially a once-in-a-lifetime chance," Rose told the Sun Sport.
"Walking out in a jam-packed Maracana Stadium, it's something not many people ever get the chance to experience.
"I really truly believe it has been a great decision to be here. I hope the golf is a huge success and the guys regret not coming."
Rose with caddie Mark Fulcher and Team GB golf captain Jamie Spence at the opening ceremony (Photo: Getty Images)
While this week's 60-man field remains strong, with the likes of tournament favourite and Open champion Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Masters champion Danny Willett teeing it up on the Gil Hanse-designed Olympic Course, the field is somewhat weaker than it might have been several months ago following the withdrawals of six of the world's top 10.
With Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Branden Grace all watching from home - if McIlroy feels up to it - Rose knows this is a golden opportunity to add to his CV.
"This will be bragging rights among your peers for the next four years," added the 2013 US Open champion.
"I've said I would like my career to read 'multiple major champion and Olympic gold medallist.' That 'and' is something special.
"It would be a great addition to any career."
Rose will have a tough job on his hands with Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson in the field (Photo: Getty Images)
Olympic Golf tournament field
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