Justin Rose played a sublime 65 on Saturday to hold the 54-hole lead in the men's Olympics golf tournament
Justin Rose in Pole Position for Olympic Gold
Team GB could be getting a gold medal tomorrow in the men’s Olympic golf tournament ahead of the final day which is set up beautifully.
Justin Rose shot a stunning 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to snatch the lead from Australia’s Marcus Fraser.
The world number 12 began the day three behind Fraser but now leads by one from Henrik Stenson at -12.
Could we see a Stenson vs Mickelson-esque battle tomorrow?
Rose shot out of the blocks by birdieing the first and then eagling the par-4 3rd and par-5 fifth to go out in 31 (-4). He came back in 34 with three birdies and a bogey.
The Englishman is gunning to be the first Olympics gold medal winner in golf since Canada’s George Lyon won in 1904.
If he did go on to win gold, it would be his first tournament victory since the 2015 Hong Kong Open last October.
Fraser, who led after day one and two, shot a one-over-par round of 72 to trail Rose by three but will play in the final threesome with the Englishman alongside Stenson.
Open champion Henrik Stenson is just one behind Rose at -11 after a second successive 68 as he looks to add the Gold Medal to his Claret Jug.
The Swede was out in level par but rallied home with birdies at 10, 14 and 15 in a faultless back nine.
South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl had the shot of the day with an ace at the par-3 eighth for Olympic golf’s second-ever hole-in-one.
Team GB’s Danny Willett shot 69 (-2) with five birdies but triple-bogeyed the par-3 sixth. He sits in T14th, six shots behind the bronze medal position.
Rickie Fowler had the best round of the day with a 7-under-par 64, carding a brilliant front-nine of 29 (-6) which included four birdies and an eagle.