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Golf Digest Interviews Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Rose

Golf Digest's Fashion Director Marty Hackel sits down with 2016 Olympic gold medal winner Justin Rose to discuss his playing strategy and mind-set for winning the Olympics.

Released on 8/30/2016

Credits

Starring: Marty Hackel

Transcript

00:01
[Marty] Has this been with you the whole time?
00:03
Yeah, it has been.
00:04
Well generally I have it in my pocket
00:05
and I tell people I've got something in my pocket
00:07
to show them.
00:10
What did you feel when you had that chip
00:12
at the end?
00:13
I mean, that was not an easy shot.
00:16
Yeah, don't chunk it, you know.
00:18
All those sorts of thoughts go.
00:19
Did you really think that?
00:23
People, obviously we're all human at the end of the day.
00:26
I was taking a few practice swings.
00:28
I'm like damn, that's a big sandy under the ball there.
00:30
It was a quite tight lie and all of that sort of stuff.
00:34
So yeah listen, I've obviously, I've hit enough
00:37
paw wedge shots in my life to realize
00:38
that it wasn't particularly easy shot.
00:40
But I also knew that the door was open.
00:43
I kind of focused in on what I had to do.
00:46
Ultimately all day there'd been a battle,
00:48
almost so close that you couldn't let yourself
00:50
get too far ahead and think about the gold medal
00:53
because you were in pretty much a deadlock.
00:55
All I remember was it was into the wind,
00:57
I could be aggressive.
00:58
I had a good angle, I was further left than Henry.
01:01
Hope everyone's taking notes on this now.
01:05
He left it about 20 feet short and that's when
01:07
you could almost taste it.
01:09
You could say, okay this is my moment to pounce.
01:12
This is good pitch in a pot and it could be yours.
01:16
And obviously I hit one of the best pit shots
01:17
in my life and had a pretty easy tap in,
01:20
although I was still nervous over that.
01:22
But only because I never thought I'd miss it,
01:24
but still I was shaking over that putt
01:26
because of the adrenaline and what it meant to me.
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