Rose wins gold medal for Britain

Rose, who scored a hole in one on his first day, carded a final round four-under-par 67 to beat Henrik Stenson by two strokes in a competition that went all the way to the final putts.

Justin Rose celebrates winning in the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio Olympics.   -  Getty Images

Britain's Justin Rose birdied the final hole to win the Olympic golf tournament on Sunday, the first gold medallist in a sport that returned to the Olympics in Rio after a 112-year absence.

Rose, who scored a hole in one on his first day, carded a final round four-under-par 67 to beat Henrik Stenson by two strokes in a competition that went all the way to the final putts.

The overnight leader was neck-and-neck with Stenson throughout much of the round but he hit a lovely approach shot to within feet of the pin at the final hole. Stenson put his long putt past the hole and missed his next shot to card a bogey six.

Rose, whose only major victory was the U.S.Open in 2013, birdied and then punched the air and grabbed the British logo on his shirt to the acclaim of the crowd.

The United States' Matt Kuchar, who was only included after Jordan Spieth pulled out, finished one stroke behind Stenson to win bronze. Spieth and the other three men in the world's top four withdrew from the Olympics, some of them citing concerns over the Zika virus.

Rose and Stenson know each other well from the European tour and the Ryder Cup, where it played one of the most scintillating rounds in that competition's history in 2014, together carding 12 birdies in 16 holes in a four-ball win over Kuchar and Bubba Watson, the two U.S. golfers who finished third and eighth on Sunday.

Few people play golf in Brazil and the par 71 course was built especially for the Olympics on environmentally sensitive land. It is due to be turned into a public course, one of just a handful in the South American nation.

India's campaign in golf at the Rio Olympics today ended on a disappointing note as SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri finished tied 50th and tied 57th respectively after going through contrasting days.

Chaurasia had to endure a frustrating day as he carded a horrendous seven-over 78 on the final round to slip 28 places to tied 50th. Lahiri, on the other hand, brought home an improved one-over 72 in the final round to stay static at the 57th spot.

Support Sportstar


Dear Reader,

Support our journalism — where text and pictures intermingle so seamlessly — and help us scale up your experience as the world changes around us. Your contribution is vital to our brand of uninfluenced, boots-on-the-ground reportage that’s worth your while. Clickbait sensationalism is not for us, but editorial independence is — we owe it to you.