Some athletes sleep next to their Olympic medals. Others keep them in sock drawers. Justin Rose brought his gold medal with him to the Barclays, and then wore it for his final putt of the tournament Sunday.
Rose, the first Olympic men’s golf champion in 112 years, drew laughs and applause when his caddie draped it over his neck before a tap-in putt on the 18th green. Rose tied for 31st at the Barclays.
Phil Mickelson‘s caddie coined the idea on the previous hole.
“He said, ‘Dude, if you’ve got a 1-footer, slip it on your neck,'” Rose said, according to Golf Channel. “‘People are going to love it.’ He said, ‘People don’t get the chance to see a gold medal very often at all.'”
Defending that gold medal will prove tough.
If Olympic golf qualifying remains the same for Tokyo 2020, Rose, who will turn 40 during the Tokyo Games, may need to be ranked in the top 15 in four years to get into the field.Follow @nzaccardi