Rio 2016: Rose hails 'magical' Olympic gold


Justin Rose labelled his Olympic glory as the best moment of his career after beating Henrik Stenson to the gold medal on Sunday.

Rose and Stenson were locked at 14 under on the final round at the Olympic Golf Course until the final hole, the Brit's short game proving decisive.

While Stenson landed his approach to the green 18-foot from the hole, Rose was only left with a short putt for the title.

He duly knocked in a birdie as Stenson bogeyed, handing Rose the first Olympic golf gold medal since 1904 with a winning score of 16 under.

"Oh my God. That felt better than anything I've ever won," said the 2013 U.S. Open champion. 

"It was the best tournament I've ever done.

"It felt like a cross between a golf tournament and a carnival. It was unique, incredible.

"Coming up with that last pitch when I needed it was magical.

"Hopefully we've shown Brazil what golf is about. I'm glad it was close, not for my nerves, for golf. Honestly this is just a dream come true, I have been thinking about Rio for a long, long time. It is just crazy, just so good.

"I am very proud of the achievement. To come out with a medal is incredible, to come out of it with gold, unbelievable."