RIO DE JANEIRO – Great Britain’s Justin Rose (12 under) is one shot ahead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson with 18 holes remaining in the Olympics. Here are some things You Oughta Know with the gold medal on the line:
• If there are ties for the top three positions there will be playoffs to decide the medals. On the PGA Tour this season, 15 of 39 events (excluding match play) have had solo first, second and third place finishers. That’s a 38 percent clip. It’s also happened in four of the last six weeks.
• Rose has shot three consecutive rounds in the 60s this week and his third-round 65 ties his lowest score worldwide this year. He shot the same score in the first round of The Players.
• Rose is six for 19 on the PGA and European tours in converting 54-hole leads into victories. He’s three for 12 on the PGA Tour.
• Stenson is now in the top three after 54 holes for the fourth time in the last five worldwide starts and he’s seeking his third victory in the last five starts.
• Stenson is a combined 63 under par over the last 19 rounds worldwide. His scoring average is 67.9 over that same span.
• Funny enough, Rose and Stenson were 3-0 when paired together for Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles. They never trailed in any match.
• Australia’s Marcus Fraser is in third place, three behind Rose. He had 150-to-1 odds to win this tournament before the week started. He has three career wins on the European Tour.
• Bubba Watson is tied for fourth place with Sweden’s David Lingmerth and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. This is the first time all year that he’s shot consecutive rounds of 67 or better.
Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.