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Justin Rose pulls out gold medal for final Barclays putt (video)

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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.

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Rory McIlroy: I was wrong about Olympic golf

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Rory McIlroy said he was “pleasantly surprised” to “be proven wrong somewhat” about golf’s place in the Olympics after his criticisms before withdrawing ahead of the Games.

“It was nice to be proven wrong somewhat in terms of, like I thought golf was sort of going to get lost a little bit,” McIlroy said Wednesday ahead of The Barclays. “It was away from the village; I thought it was going to, yeah, just sort of blend in with everything else and be, not forgotten about, but just one of a lot of sports that are there obviously. But to see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong.”

Australian Adam Scott, perhaps the most outspoken critic of golf’s Olympic format out of the sport’s stars, maintained his view Wednesday. Scott also skipped the Olympics.

“I still believe that in the long term, I think it would be very easy to make it a very big deal for golf and the growth with amateurs playing the Olympics,” Scott said. “I think it’s very hard for the professionals to fit in the Olympic system at the moment, unless a lot of events are willing to sacrifice a lot.”

Jordan Spieth said he “wished” he was at the Olympics. Spieth pulled out of the Olympics in July due to health concerns, including the Zika virus.

“At the time I made the decision, it was the right decision for me,” Spieth said Wednesday. “And I told you guys in that press conference, it was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. The potential for regret was going to be there, and it certainly was while I was watching, so that’s why I tweeted out, ‘I’m looking forward to setting it as a goal to be there in 2020.'”

Australian Jason Day, ranked No. 1 in the world, said he watched one hole of the Olympics and didn’t regret skipping the Rio Games due to Zika concerns. Day said he’s looking forward to hopefully qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“I didn’t really watch much of the Olympics at all to be honest,” Day said Wednesday. “I think I watched Usain Bolt win, and I watched one swimming, which was a four-by relay or whatever it was. I can’t remember what it was. That’s how much I know about the Olympics.”

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