Justin Rose on Olympic stay-aways: I hope they regret not coming

Team GB's Justin Rose claims "it's been a great decision" to compete in Rio

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Mon, 8 Aug 2016

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. 

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"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

1
 
Bubba Watson
United States

2
 
Henrik Stenson
Sweden

3
 
Rickie Fowler
United States

4
 
Danny Willett
Great Britain

5
 
Justin Rose
Great Britain

6
 
Sergio Garcia
Spain

7
 
Patrick Reed
United States

8
 
Matt Kuchar
United States

9
 
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Spain

10
 
Byeong Hun An
South Korea

11
 
Thongchai Jaidee
Thailand

12
 
Danny Lee
New Zealand

13
 
Emiliano Grillo
Argentina

14
 
David Lingmerth
Sweden

15
 
Soren Kjeldsen
Denmark

16
 
Bernd Wiesberger
Austria

17
 
Martin Kaymer
Germany

18
 
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Thailand

19
 
Anirban Lahiri
India

20
 
Thorbjorn Olesen
Denmark

21
 
Joost Luiten
Netherlands

22
 
Thomas Pieters
Belgium

23
 
Jaco Van Zyl
South Africa

24
 
Fabian Gomez
Argentina

25
 
Jeunghun Wang
South Korea

26
 
Scott Hend
Australia

27
 
Marcus Fraser
Australia

28
 
Brandon Stone
South Africa

29
 
Yuta Ikeda
Japan

30
 
Shingo Katayama
Japan

31
 
Gregory Bourdy
France

32
 
Julien Quesne
France

33
 
Nicolas Colsaerts
Belgium

34
 
Ricardo Gouveia
Portugal

35
 
David Hearn
Canada

36
 
Wu Ashun
China

37
 
Miguel Tabuena
Philippines

38
 
Hao Tong Li
China

39
 
Alex Cejka
Germany

40
 
Graham DeLaet
Canada

41
 
Fabrizio Zanotti
Paraguay

42
 
Padraig Harrington
Ireland

43
 
Ryan Fox
New Zealand

44
 
SSP Chawrasia
India

45
 
Danny Chia
Malaysia

46
 
Mikko Ilonen
Finland

47
 
Jhonattan Vegas
Venezuela

48
 
Felipe Aguilar
Chile

49
 
Cheng Tsung Pan
Chinese Taipei

50
 
Adilson da Silva
Brazil

51
 
Seamus Power
Ireland

52
 
Espen Kofstad
Norway

53
 
Roope Kakko
Finland

54
 
Nino Bertasio
Italy

55
 
Siddikur Rahman
Bangladesh

56
 
Wen-Tang Lin
Chinese Taipei

57
 
Gavin Kyle Green
Malaysia

58
 
Matteo Manassero
Italy

59
 
Rodolfo Cazaubon
Mexico

60
           
Jose-Filipe Lima                 
Portugal

 

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