Great Britain’s Justin Rose won the first Olympic gold medal in men’s golf in 108 years, finishing 16-under to beat Henrik Stenson by two strokes.
Although it’s not a professional tournament, the victory gives Rose a win in a large international tournament for the sixth straight season.
In a lot of ways, Rose truly won the tournament on Saturday when he shot a 65, three strokes better than silver medalist Henrik Stenson and four better than bronze medalist Matt Kuchar.
He was three strokes up on Stenson entering Sunday, but saw the lead slide all the way to one when the Swede birdied No. 10 and Rose bogeyed No. 13. He got some breathing room back when Stenson bogeyed No. 14, and had his 3-stroke lead back with a birdie on 15.
No. 18 was the back-breaker as Rose birdied while Stenson bogeyed to put the final margin at two strokes.
American Kuchar had the best round of the tournament on Sunday, a 63 featuring six birdies and an eagle to finish three strokes off the lead at 13-under.
Other notable names int he Top 10 including Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson, who tied for eighth with 7-under 277s.
They tied Marcus Fraser, who led the tournament after a round with his opening-day 63 but fell back from there.