FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — As Henrik Stenson tried to warm up on the driving range at Bethpage State Park on Tuesday, a crowd began to form around him.
The fans and pros were not admiring his swing as much as his hardware: Stenson had brought with him the silver medal he had just won in the Rio Olympics. He was carrying it in his golf bag.
“I’m not one to run around and have my medal at the supermarket,” Stenson said. He acknowledged, however, that the medal was there in his pocket as he spoke to reporters.
Not to be outdone, Justin Rose, who beat Stenson for the gold, said he had his medal nearby, too.
“It’s much easier to travel with than a normal trophy,” Rose said. “You can just slip it in your pocket and then carry on.”
Golf had not been an Olympic sport since 1904. Now that it is back, there seems to be a lot of fascination with the spoils.
Rose, who also won the 2013 United States Open at Merion, Pa., said…