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The Jug, the Jacket and now the medal

After all those controversies and withdrawals by top golfers, golf’s return to Olympics turned out to be a huge and unexpected success.

Great Britain’s Justin Rose scripted history after scoring an ace on day 1 and continued his fine form to win the gold medal. Justin Rose scored a total of 268 after his four rounds of game play.

“This has resonated far wider than my US Open win,” admitted Rose who won his only major to date at Merion in 2013. The golfer says he has received congratulatory messages from “the darkest recesses” of his phone’s contacts book.

“I’ve actually had more messages after the men’s Olympic golf event than I’ve had after Open Championships,” he said. “The reaction has been terrific.

“These smaller countries that asked us, begged us, to get golf into the Olympics were dead right.

“It is going to increase exposure in their countries, get more government recognition and funding to the game, which – apart from expanding our competitive landscape – is why we did this.”

Henrik Stenson scored a total of 270 after his four rounds to win a silver for his country.

Henrik tweeted “Thanks for all the support, did not win the gold but I leave with silver and memories that will last forever! Congrats Justin.”

The 38-year-old Matt Kuchar fired an eight-under 63 to match the four-day-old course record set by Marcus Fraser and earn an improbable bronze medal.

“I’ve never been so excited to finish top-three in my life,” he said. “I’ve never felt so much pride busting out of my chest.”

The India duo of SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri had a disappointing end to their Olympic journey as they finished tied 50 and 57 to end their medal dreams.

The golf’s women event at Olympics begins today.

 

 

Justin Rose scripts history with his hole-in-one at RIO

Golf at Olympics has already made history as it made its return to the Olympics after a century-long gap and Justin Rose’s hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth at the Olympic Golf Course did some Icing on the Cake for the golfing lovers.

Rose took back his 7-iron and then watched his tee shot go into the cup 189 yards away for the first hole-in-one in Olympics history.

Watch him create histroy in the video below.

 

Indian golfers mess up on Day 1 at RIO

Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a messy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Anirban finished the day just inside the top 50. Chawrasia however, inside the top ten at one stage slipped a bit. In the final tally on day one, Lahiri and SSP were tied 49th an tied 27th respectively.

Lahiri dropped five bogeys against a couple of birdies, while Chawrasia’s four birdies were dissolved by his four bogeys as the duo found it difficult to conquer the Olympic golf course at the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio.

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Lahiri did not have a good day one as he started with a bogey and then slipped on two more bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over. Lahiri showed resilience towards the end, making four pars and two birdies in the final six holes to end day one on a positive note.

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Chawrasia picked up two birdies at the second and fifth holes before dropping a shot at the seventh to lie one-under after the front nine but a birdie at the final 18th hole helped him end on an even-par.

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The day though belonged to the Australian Marcus Fraser, Fraser fired a sizzling eight-under 63 to lead the clubhouse, followed by Canada’s Graham Delaet (66) and Thomas Pieters (67).

Anirban and Chawrasia have high hopes of making a podium finish and add up to the dry Indian medal tally.