Justin Rose wins Olympic golf gold ahead of Henrik Stenson in Rio
Last Updated: 14/08/16 9:26pm
Justin Rose edged a final-round shootout against Henrik Stenson to claim Olympic gold with a two-shot win in Rio.
Rose, who had held a one-shot lead over his Ryder Cup partner heading into the final round, mixed six birdies with two bogeys on his way to the four-under 67 which secured Team GB a 12th gold medal of the games.
The pair were all square heading in to the last, but Rose's pitch from the 18th fairway left a close-range birdie as Stenson three-putted from the far side of the green.
Stenson's third consecutive 68 sees the Swede take the silver medal, while America's Matt Kuchar claimed bronze after firing eight birdies on his way to a round-of-the-day 63.
After matching Rose's opening-hole gain, Stenson holed a 35-footer to birdie the next and briefly move in to a share of the lead.
Rose reclaimed his advantage from close range at the third as Stenson saved par from a greenside bunker, before the pair extended their lead over the chasing pack by picking up a shot at the fifth.
The Brit bounced back from missing the seventh green and dropping a shot to post a five-foot gain at the next, seeing him reach the turn one-stroke ahead.
Kuchar surged in to contention and moved within four of the lead by following four birdies in a five-hole stretch with an eagle-three at the 10th, as Stenson kicked off his back nine with a two-putt birdie to get back on level terms.
Stenson took the lead for the first time when Rose failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the 13th, but missed the next green as Rose holed a 15-footer to save par.
With the pair on 14 under, Kuchar moved a shot behind with a tap-in birdie at the 17th and narrowly missed out on another when his putt fell short at the last.
Rose reclaimed the lead with a birdie from five feet on the 15th as Stenson mis-hit his approach, only for the Swede to pitch to four feet at the next and get back all square.
The pair exchanged pars at the penultimate hole, before Rose pitched to close range at the last and nudge in the tap-in for victory.
A bogey-free 65 saw Thomas Pieters claim fourth spot, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and midway leader Marcus Fraser part of the group a further stroke back.
Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson ended the week inside the top-10, while Ireland's Seamus Power carded a final-round 67 to finish tied-15th.