Olympics: Rose beats Stenson for gold

August 14, 2016

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Justin Rose of Great Britain prevailed in his dramatic final-round match race with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games’ first golf competition since 1904.

The two were tied through 17 holes on the Olympic Golf Course in Rio De Janeiro. Rose made a two-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole moments after Stenson three-putted and made bogey and won by two.

Rose, who took a one-stroke over Stenson into the final round, posted a four-under par 67 to Stenson's three-under 68. Stenson won the silver medal.

“When the national anthem goes up it makes you realize what it’s all been about and what it’s all for,” Rose said. “It’s about playing golf at the highest level, but it’s really about representing your country as well.

“I felt very prepared this week. All this week I stayed incredibly focused. I checked all the right boxes. Just kind of took care of business the best way I could."

Matt Kuchar, meanwhile, made a remarkable run at the leaders with a final-round 63 to secure the bronze medal. Kuchar took control of the race for bronze with a six-hole stretch he played in six-under par, including an eagle three at the par-5 10th hole.

“I wish I could bottle this and do it all the time,” Kuchar said. “I’ve never been so excited to finish top three in my life. What a great experience.”

Two of the four Americans finished in the top 10. Joining Kuchar was Bubba Watson, who shot 70 and tied for eighth, while Patrick Reed closed with a seven-under par 64 to finish T-11. Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, posted a three-over par 74 and finished T-37.