RIO DE JANEIRO – Justin Rose took a swipe with a 7-iron from 189 yards on the par-3 fourth hole Thursday at the Olympics. After a couple small bounces and a short roll the ball found the bottom of the cup for the first ace in the Olympics.
"Definitely one of those icing-on-the-cake moments," Rose said after completing his round in 4-under 67. "When you're the first to do anything, no one can ever take that away from you, whatever it is. That was definitely a cool moment."
Rose, playing for Great Britain this week, was in the day’s penultimate group with American Rickie Fowler and Jhonattan Vegas, who is representing Venezuela.
Rose was 1 under at the time so he jumped to 3 under after the ace, then promptly birdied the par-5 fifth hole to get to 4 under. He played the remaining 13 holes in even par to finish at 4 under.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser leads the tournament at 8-under 63. Canada’s Graham DeLaet and Sweden's Henrik Stenson are tied for second after each shot 66.