Going into the Olympic Golf competition in Rio, Sweeden‘s Henrik Stenson was heavily-favored with the four-man United States squad, populated by names only the most ardent links fans would be familiar with, was not expected to Medal. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Justin Rose of Great Britain and Matt Kuchar of the United States that this was how the scenario was supposed to play out.
Rose earned the Gold after a hard-fought final round, two-stroke victory that took five hours to complete. While Stenson did not have to concern himself with the many predicted distractions heading into the competition (such as various forms of wildlife showing up on the course), capturing the Silver was far from easy for the British Open Champion. Recurring back problems dogged Stenson on the back nine, with a physiotherapist treating the Swede between shots.
The two would remain tied going to the 18th hole, where not even a bogey was enough to deny Stenson the Silver Medal.
Adding to the unpredictability of the competition was the Bronze Medalist. Kuchar, perhaps the least-known of the four-man U.S, team, was 13 under par, three shots back of the winner.
The women take over the course Wednesday-Friday this week.