Olympic Golf: Justin Rose wins gold for Team GB

Justin Rose becomes golf's first Olympic golf champion since 1904

Andy Roberts's picture
Sun, 14 Aug 2016

Team GB's Justin Rose has become the first Olympic golf champion since 1904 after beating Sweden's Henrik Stenson to the gold medal in Rio.

Rose, 36, a seven-time PGA Tour champion, was locked in a ding-dong battle with Stenson but made a birdie on the final hole to card a final-round 67 and two-shot victory on 16-under.

Open champion Stenson (68) bogeyed the final hole to take the silver medal on 14-under, while Team USA's Matt Kuchar (63) raced home for the bronze on 13-under.

"That felt better than anything I've ever won," said Rose, who lands Team GB's 12th gold medal at the Rio Games.

"It was the best tournament I've ever done. Hopefully we've shown Brazil what golf is about. I'm glad it was close. Not for my nerves. For golf."

He added: "I've been so into it [Olympics]. I've been so up for it. I've just been so determined to represent Team GB as best as I could, and it was just the most magical week."

Rose made history by hitting Olympic golf's first hole-in-one in the opening round.

Leaderboard

-16 J Rose (GB)
-14 H Stenson (Swe)
-13 M Kuchar (USA)

 

 

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