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ROSE Justin Rose has been dealing with a back injury since early spring but that didn’t prevent him from capturing an exhilarating gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games. Representing Great Britain, the proud Englishman went into the 72nd hole tied with fellow Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson at 15-under par as they stepped onto the 18th green at the Olympic Golf Course. However, after Rose’s third shot, an extraordinary pitch from 38 yards that landed within three feet of the pin, it was Stenson who blinked first. Stenson three‑putted from 20 feet to give Rose two shots at winning the first Olympic gold medal since George Lyon of Canada won the competition at Glen Echo Country Club at the St. Louis Olympics in 1904. Of course, the enthusiastic Olympian only needed one putt to beat Stenson and finish with a fist-pumping five-under 67 for his second “major” golf championship. Rose’s first major was the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, when he bested Jason Day and Phil Mickelson by two strokes en route to a 1-over 281 at the historic par-70 layout, becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970. “It’s a dream come true,” Rose was quoted as saying about the Olympic title, after adorning himself in the Union Jack. “I’ve been thinking about Rio for a long, long time. I’ve been dreaming about coming here for a few years now.” Now, the Albany resident-member can put a nice exclamation on the year by winning the Hero World Challenge at his home course.
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