Justin Rose Brings Home the Gold!!!

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Ko had been concerned about too much time in Rio so she skipped the opening ceremony.

He did more chatting than he did practicing.

Named to the U.S. team only after Jordan Spieth withdrew due to concerns over the Zika virus, Kuchar had already moved into the bronze position after going four-under on the front nine.

Golf's return to the Olympics was hampered by difficulty constructing the course and then several stars - including the top four in the world - electing to stay away out of health concerns.

"He said to me, 'All right dad, I got my medal". "I'm not sure we have enough courses here". If I'm the IOC (International Olympic Committee), I'm kicking you out. "I was very motivated".

"But let's just call it major champion and Olympic gold medalist", Rose said. "That's what I think about rather than the pressure on me".

"Hopefully, his vibes came off to me", she said Monday. Not in America, but here in Brazil? "I think it's done golf a great deal of good".

They remained tied playing the 18th, with fans lining both sides of the fairway and crammed into the grandstands.

"It's once every four years but it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so it had a lot more significance than any other Sunday I've been to".

There ought to be a way of whittling the field down further so that doesn't happen, and it would also be more in keeping with the structure of other events at the Olympics. "From that perspective, it's been a very successful sport this week".

As for McIlroy viewing the event, Rose said, "Obviously, he watched". "My heart started pounding out of my chest", Kuchar said. "Amazing support from the crowds".

Brazil is one of those countries where golf is not particularly popular but a successful Olympic tournament should generate interest in the sport. "They were the really special part of this, and that's what I'll remember much more than anything else". "What a great showdown at the end. I would never want to take away the two majors I won, but I think that's going to be the same for the Olympics". "It's a clear victor going forward".

Golf brought together its biggest names in 2009 to make a pitch to get back into the Olympics. How do we know? "They have to wait four years". And we're doing just that.

Rio native Willian Cardoso, 33, said he was inspired by Tiger Woods to take up golf as a teenager, but had put his clubs down in recent years as Woods' dominance and the sport's popularity had declined. The schedule is a huge issue. He wasn't going to participate-and he did not believe he had an obligation to help "grow" the game. As it now is constituted, the men's Olympic tournament would be played two weeks after The Open in 2020.

Exposure to some of the world's best players was "interesting", Andrade said. To introduce best-ball or alternate shot would make crowning an individual victor almost impossible giving scheduling. "The camaraderie amongst the players has been brilliant, and among the wider Team GB". Patrick Reed (64) tied for 11th at 6 under.