Justin Rose wins golf’s first gold medal in over a century; USA’s Kuchar bronze

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This is how the IOC would’ve drawn it up when it allowed golf back into the Olympics: two great PGA tour pros striding up the 18th hole dead even.

Great Britain’s Justin Rose, who aced a par-3 in the first round, won Olympic gold by two strokes over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson to culminate and up-and-down four days at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio.

Stenson claimed silver, while surging Matt Kuchar of the USA snagged bronze.

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Marcus Fraser of Australia led the first two days, but shot two-straight 1-over 72s to finish tied for fifth.

Kuchar’s minus-8 was the top final round, while countryman Patrick Reed’s minus-7 helped make amends for a brutal start.

Bubba Watson finished tied for 8th, Watson tied for 11th, and Rickie Fowler’s 74 dropped him into a tie for 37th.