Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Golf, Olympics | 0 comments

After 122 years of absence from the Olympics, England’s Justin Rose claimed the gold medal in a nail-biting finish alongside Sweden’s Henrick Stenson. For 10 holes Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson engaged in a thrilling duel in the winter sun, exchanging birdies and gallant sportsmanship.

Said Rose of his reaction, “I’ve been so into it. I’ve been so up for it. I’ve been just so determined, I suppose, to represent Team GB as best as I could, and it was just the most magical week, it really was.”

With a spectacular 63 on Sunday, Matt Kuchar tied the Olympic course record and fought off a host of would-be challengers to secure the bronze medal. “It’s the happiest I’ve ever been to finish third,” said Kuchar, who was three shots back of Rose. “I’m just bursting with pride right now.” His U.S. mates Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler showed up at the podium ceremony to cheer him on, indicative of the camaraderie that imbued this Olympic experiment.

Kuchar began Sunday’s final round at five under, seven shots behind leader Justin Rose and four strokes out of third. He opened with a string of pars, then caught fire on holes five through 10, which he played in six under, punctuated by an eagle putt on the par-5 10th.