Rio 2016: Rose beats Stenson in golf gold final

Annie Rose admits she finds it hard to believe her son is an Olympic champion after Justin claimed golf’s first gold medal for 112 years on Sunday.

Stenson, whose poor chip left him a near-impossible putt to stay level with Rose, closed with a bogey to take the silver on 270, one stroke ahead of U.S. bronze medalist Matt Kuchar.

Gold medal victor Justin Rose says the congratulations he received from former football superstar Luis Figo demonstrates the reach made possible by golf’s return to the Olympic Games. Winning meant the world to him – he even said it felt better than any tournament he had previously won – and you could see that in his reaction.

Ko played five holes of the layout while Rose was holding off Sweden’s Henrik Stenson for the title and later had her photo taken with Rose and his gold medal.

The competitors will be trying to duplicate the efforts of Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar on the men’s side last week and earn a trip to the podium.

“To anybody making the decision going forward, I would just ask them, were you in Rio on Sunday?” “He’s just beginning to understand what sport is all about”.

Stenson and Rose said it was a demanding and pressure-packed afternoon as temperatures rose into the 80s Fahrenheit. That was very special.

“The Olympic spirit has exceeded all my expectations”, he said.

“Hopefully his vibes came off to me, ” Ko said of Rose.

“I can assure you it is the happiest I have ever been finishing third”, the 38-year old Floridian said.

Golf’s future in the Games will be debated over the next few years but Rose said Sunday’s exciting finale in front of big crowds should guarantee its spot beyond Tokyo 2020.

At the British Open, Rory McIlroy said he was only going to watch the sports “that matter” at the Olympics. Many were waving flags and decked out in the country’s colors. “I didn t play my best”.

Kuchar seemed as excited about his bronze as Rose was for his gold.

Whitlock’s floor gold was a first for Britain in Olympic gymnastics.

“He (McIlroy) said he was very, very proud”, said Rose. But it was deeper than just the guys on the podium.

“I’ve never seen my little boy in tears …”

Alena Sharp, left, and Brooke M. Henderson, both of Canada, talk at the 6th tee during a practice round for the women’s golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Recording a field-low 8-under par on the day, Kuchar played in an earlier group at the Olympic Golf Course – a links-style course that was constructed especially for these Summer Olympics.

“It did kind of put me out of rhythm a little bit, but I was still there till the end”.

The Rio Games were critical.

Medal ceremony But Ko is the golfer everyone will be watching and, like numerous male golfers who turned up, the Korean-born Ko is giddy with the prospect of an Olympic medal. I was a young kid at the time. “This event has gone over fantastically well”. I didn’t think that it would have great support and it really did.

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