• "I didn't feel like I played my absolute best" - Henrik Stenson
• Kuchar, meanwhile, is thrilled to win bronze
OLYMPIC GOLF | HENRIK STENSON
Henrik Stenson has admitted that he was ‘disappointed’ not to win gold in the men’s Olympic golf competition but added that his silver medal went some way to making up for it.
Open champion Stenson finished two shots behind his Ryder Cup teammate and playing partner Justin Rose in Rio, as the former US Open champion became the first golfer since Canada’s George Lyon in 1904 to win an Olympic golf event.
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The Swede had started the final round one shot adrift of Rose and, although he joined him at the top of the leaderboard on the back nine, he disappointing bogeyed the last hole for a 68, allowing the Brit the luxury of two putts from three feet for the title.
“When you're in a good position to try and win, you always kind of feel a little disappointed afterwards,” said Henrik Stenson. “But at the same time, we said that all along in the Olympics, you've got some pretty good consolation prizes.
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“I guess if you would have told me before the week that I would have left here with a medal, I would have been pretty pleased and I managed to do that. I'm quite happy.”
"I played good enough to put myself in contention and that was my goal" - Henrik Stenson
He added: “I didn't feel like I played my absolute best throughout the week but I played good enough to put myself in contention and that was my goal.”
Meanwhile, Stenson’s relative disappointment at coming so close to gold medal glory was in stark contrast to the delight of America’s Matt Kuchar, who equalled the lowest round of the week with a closing 63 to snatch bronze.
Afterwards, the 38-year-old could barely contain his joy. “I couldn't be more proud,” said Kuchar. “It's really hard to describe the feeling, the pride that I have, whether it's in myself, whether it's in my country. To come out to play an amazing round of golf and to know that it would take an amazing round of golf to medal, I couldn't be happier.
"To make it, and now to medal, is just a real thrill" - Matt Kuchar
“I'm such a fan of sports and, as a kid, it was a boyhood dream to qualify for an Olympics, but the sport I played, the game of golf, was not an Olympic sport.
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“For it to become an Olympic sport, it was certainly something I was really gunning for. To make it, and now to medal, is just a real thrill.”
Asked what he planned to do with his medal, he added: “I think there's going to be a lot of showing it off for a while. I don't know if it will stay still for very long. It’s an easier one to travel with. You can’t drink out of but you can travel with it.”
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