Golf - Rose, after golden Olympic run, returns to regular job
By Larry Fine
FARMINGDALE, New York (Reuters) - Justin Rose, still feeling the glow of winning Olympic golf gold at the Rio Games, says he hopes the experience will carry him on a strong run after claiming a prize he considers "at the top".
Rose prevailed in Rio in a tight, final-round duel with British Open champion Henrik Stenson and the Briton said the reaction to his victory has been overwhelming.
"The whole experience...exceeded my expectations and certainly winning has blown me away in terms of the reach that it has and the global audience that it has," Rose told reporters at Bethpage Black, where The Barclays will kick off the FedExCup playoffs on Thursday.
"I've really noticed a difference from people's reactions."
Even as he was shuttled by golf cart to the media interview room, New York fans recognised the Englishman and shouted congratulations to him along the way.
"I think the Olympic gold medal has reached a much wider audience. I feel the attention that it receives has been huge outside of the game of golf," he said.
Rose, 36, said he felt the impact of his Rio achievement with all the media attention paid to him the past week and a more personal affirmation at home.
"Leo, my boy, he never really let's on that he's that proud of me or let's on that he's that excited about golf and some of the trophies I've been able to bring home and this one meant something a little bit different to him," said 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose. Continued...