Justin Rose wins showdown with Henrik Stenson for men's golf gold

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Justin Rose of Great Britain has won the gold medal in men's golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis.

Rose hit a pitch shot to 3 feet for birdie on the 18th hole for a 4-under 67 and a two-shot victory over Open champion Henrik Stenson. It capped off a week of bustling crowds and the ideal finish for a sport trying to make a good impression.

Rose and Stenson were tied playing the final hole with thousands of fans lining the fairway. Stenson's pitch came up some 20 feet short. Knowing Rose was close, the Swede ran his putt 7 feet past the hole and three-putted for bogey to win the silver.

Matt Kuchar of the United States won the bronze medal by closing with a 63.