Justin Rose was announced as part of the Team GB Olympic golf team this morning alongside Masters Champion Danny Willett. The English pair will compete for gold in the men’s 72-hole stroke play event from August 11-14.
Catriona Matthew and Charley Hull will contest the women’s competition from August 17-20. Matthew, the 46 year old Scot, said “Ever since golf made the Olympics it’s been an aim of mine to make the team, and I’m both happy and relieved I’ve been included.”
Following Rory McIlroy’s controversial comments yesterday surrounding the inclusion of golf in the Olympics, Rose took an opportunity to stress that there is a responsibility to grow the game: “if you want to call it responsibility, yes.”
Rose said that he hoped the Ulsterman’s words were a “slip of the tongue”. Team GB golf team leader Jamie Spence was disappointed by McIlroy’s comments saying “it would have been great for golf if all the top 10 or whatever would be there in Rio.”
Read More: check out Shane Ryan’s piece on Golf Channel for a defence of Rory McIlroy.