SSP Chawrasia, Anirban Lahiri way down; Justin Rose wins Olympic gold

Justin Rose finished with four rounds in the sixties and his closing 67 secured the gold medal with a 16-under-par total of 268.

By: PTI | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 15, 2016 3:23 pm
Anirban Lahiri SSP Chawrasia, Anirban Lahiri SSP Chawrasia golf Tio, Anirban Lahiri SSP Chawrasia Rio 2016 Olympics, Anirban Lahiri SSP Chawrasia Rio, Olympics, Golf Anirban Lahiri’s luck or putting did not change as he carded one-over 72 and ended at 10-over 294 and in tied 57th place. (Source: AP)

It was a disappointing end to a historic Olympic campaign for Indian duo, SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri, who finished tied-50th and tied 57th as golf made an appearance after 112 years at the Olympic Games.

Chawrasia, who till the 17th hole on Saturday, was in hunt for a top-10 finish but crumbled thereafter.

He bogeyed 17th and 18th on Saturday and then shot a seven-over 78 to finish at a total of five-over 289 and in 50th place.

Lahiri’s luck or putting did not change as he carded one-over 72 and ended at 10-over 294 and in tied 57th place.

Great Britain’s Justin Rose followed in the footsteps of the long-departed George Lyon of Canada when he climbed onto the podium to collect the Olympic gold medal on Sunday.

On a sun-drenched final day, in front of a sell-out crowd at Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course, Rose added the Olympic crown to his 2013 US Open title after a prolonged and exciting battle down the stretch with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

In the end, the packed grandstand which turned the 18th arena into a noisy sporting amphitheatre, watched spellbound as Rose got up-and-down from the side of the green for the birdie which sealed a worthy gold medal performance.

Stenson, who knew he needed to hole a 25-footer of his own to force a play-off, three-putted and the first Olympic golf competition since 1904 had a new champion.

Stenson, who emerged on top after a similarly epic shoot-out with Phil Mickelson in The Open at Royal Troon last night, had to accept second place this time and the silver medal was a deserving reward for his part in a wonderful spectacle which saw Matt Kuchar of the United States claim the bronze medal after a course record-equalling last round of 63.

Rose finished with four rounds in the sixties and his closing 67 secured the gold medal with a 16-under-par total of 268.

Stenson took silver with a fourth-round 68 for 270 and Kuchar’s swashbuckling last day brought home the remaining medal on 271.

The leading three players completed the 72-hole test detached from the rest of the field, in which Belgium’s Thomas Pieters finished a highly creditable fourth after slicing 12 shots off his third-round 77 with a final day 65.

After holing out for a birdie four on the 18th, Rose punched the air in celebration and fell into the arms of his wife, Kate, before savouring the medal ceremony.

“Olympic gold medalist – It sounds absolutely incredible,” said the 36-year-old.

“I was on that last green, just sort of pinching myself and taking myself back to the quote that I had given about the Olympics all along – that I hoped my resume one day read: ‘multiple major champion and Olympic gold medalist’ and if that happened then I’d be a very, very happy man.

“I pretty much just need the multiple major now, but for the most part, I’m there on that quote.”

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