Golf: For once, Kuchar proud to finish third

Sun Aug 14, 2016 6:19pm EDT
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By Liana B. Baker

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Golf's bronze medalist Matt Kuchar almost didn't make the Olympics.

The American only climbed into the world top 15 in early July, which put him into contention for one of his country's four spots. But he still had two Americans, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, ahead of him.

When both said they would not go to Rio over health concerns, Kuchar squeezed by to take the final spot.

And he's so glad he did.

"I was just on the outside and barely qualified," he said after finishing three strokes behind Justin Rose, golf's first Olympic champion in 112 years on Sunday.

"I have never been so proud of a third-place finish in my life. I can assure you it is the happiest I have ever been finishing third."

He said he drew inspiration from the United States' performance in the tennis bronze medal match in men's doubles that he attended on Friday.

"We were sitting in the players' box and Team USA wins and the boys come running and jumping up into the box," Kuchar said.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Final - Men's Individual Stroke Play - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 14/08/2016.  Matt Kuchar (USA) of the United States looks at his bronze medal in the men's Olympic golf compeititon. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers