Sunday, August 14

Rose Is Golden in Rio

In July Justin Rose expressed disappointment about Olympic no-shows.

MAKING A CLUTCH BIRDIE on the last hole, England's Justin Rose edged Sweden's Henrik Stenson to win the gold medal in Rio on Sunday. Joining Rose and silver-winner Stenson on the podium was American Matt Kuchar, who captured the bronze by firing a brilliant 63 on the final 18.

"It's a dream come true," Rose was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

"I've been thinking about Rio for a long, long time. I've been dreaming about coming here for a few years now. I was hoping my ranking would allow me to compete in the Olympic Games.

"I came here in good form and I felt excited about competing, excited about giving it 100%. Then when I actually got down to Rio and experienced the whole vibe of the Olympics, to come out of it with a medal is incredible. To come out of it with gold, unbelievable."

Kuchar and others were also ecstatic about their Olympic experience.

"My heart started pounding out of my chest," Kuchar said about his Sunday charge.

With expectations low, especially after stars such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson dropped out of the competiton, golf's first appearance in the Olympics since 1904 was a success.

On to Tokyo in 2020.


Real Irish Golf said...

"Golf ... in the Olympics ... was a success". Don't think so and would be very surprised if it survives as an Olympic Sport.

The Armchair Golfer said...

TV ratings exceeded all but the Masters. I'd say that's pretty good.

Brian Kuehn said...

I agree with the "Armchair." I watched, and I rarely watch golf on TV. Good stuff. No finishing in the "Top 10" and getting a $100,000 check. Finish in the top three or go home with zip. Finish in the top 3 and you get a possible once in a lifetime experience of standing on an Olympic podium. Great stuff.