Justin Rose playing for Great Britain won the Olympic Gold Medal in golf, the first to be awarded in over a century. The 2013 U.S. Open Champion Rose went head to head in a duel the final day with the Silver Medalist Henrik Stenson that was eerily similar to Stenson overcoming Phil Mickelson to win the Open Championship last month.
U.S.A. team member Matt Kuchar took the Bronze Medal after mounting a charge with a fourth round 63 which tied for the lowest round of the week over the Olympic Golf Course outside Rio de Janeiro. Rose finished at -16 with rounds of 67-69- 65-67 with Stenson at -14 (66-68- 68-68) and Kuchar posting a -13 (69-70- 69-63).
Rose earned his Gold Medal playing all TaylorMade Golf equipment starting with a M2 Driver set at 8.5 degree with a Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK White 70TX shaft. His single fairway wood was also a M2 model of 17 degrees with a Matriz Ozik 8M3 X shaft. Irons included the TMaG PSi Tour 3-iron and for his 4-iron through pitching wedge the Tour Preferred MB model from 2014. All his irons have the KBS Tour C-Taper 130X shafts.
The Brit’s exceptional short game showed off the TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Satin Chrome Wedges. In the bag were three: a 52 degree, a 56 degree and a 60 degree, all with the Tour Grind sole. The design is by legendary club maker Clay Long who has called them the “next generation” of wedges. Grooves are electroformed nickel cobalt so they have high resistance to wear and the 1025 carbon steel of the clubhead is a soft alloy that helps will feel and control. Many players especially like the dark PVD finish that seems to remove any sun glare.
On the greens Rose made use of the Ghost Monaco Tour Black Proto putter to stroke his number 99 TaylorMade Tour Preferred golf ball into the hole. This unique five-layer ball is also played by world number one Jason Day, world number two Dustin Johnson and fan-favorite Sergio Garcia.
Though Rose won no cash for his victory he did earn 46 points in the world golf rankings which moved him up to number nine.
Stenson, who takes the Silver Medal back to Sweden, carried the same clubs for the Olympics as he did for his Open Championship win in July.
Driver: Callaway XR16 9 degrees with an Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited 60x 45 inch shaft
Fairway wood: Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 2010 model (13 degrees) Grafalloy Blue X shaft
Irons: 2-iron through pitching wedge Callaway Legacy Black Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour shafts
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 3 model, 52 and 58 degrees
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7H
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Bronze Medalist Kuchar plays for Bridgestone Golf and in his bag were:
Driver: Bridgestone J815 driver (2015)
Irons: J15 Cavity Back
Wedge: J40 52 degrees (2011)
Ball: Bridgestone B330S