Rose: 'Tomorrow is going to be fun'


RIO DE JANEIRO – Justin Rose, as they say here at the Olympics, is in the gold-medal position. That’s to say, the man from Great Britain is leading the Olympics with 18 holes remaining.

Rose shot a third-round 65 Saturday and is at 12 under par. He’s a shot ahead of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and three clear of Australia’s Marcus Fraser.

“In terms of the one-shot lead, I don’t really read too much into it,” he said. “It’s like all other sports. You work really hard to get into the final. Tomorrow is about a great performance and bringing your best golf when you need it. I have the opportunity and tomorrow is going to be fun.”

There were early highlights Saturday when Rose eagled two of the first five holes. He holed out from 30 yards on the par-4 third hole then made a 20-footer on the fifth.

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Perhaps the biggest momentum change of the day, though, came on the par-4 12th when Rose holed out with a putter from well off the green right, near a sandy area guarded by a bush. He then drained 7-footers on 15 and 16 to propel him to 65 and a one-shot lead. The 65 ties Rose’s lowest round worldwide this year.

In closing, Rose, 36, was asked if finishing second at the Olympics would feel more significant than finishing second at a major.

“In this position right now, we may as well look forward to the best opportunity,” Rose politely said. “But I think probably, yes.”