Everything came up roses for Justin Rose as he won the 113th U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club. Winning by two shots from Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, who were tied in second place at +3 over par.
Justin Rose and his 1st Major trophy / Getty Images
Justin is the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open, The last English U.S. Open winner was Tony Jacklin in 1970. Nick Faldo was the last Major trophy winner in 1996 at Augusta. An even par total for the championship was the winning score for Justin, a great effort on the difficult and punishing course at Merion.
Justin said that when he walked over the hill down the 18th fairway to check on his tee shot, he knew it was his moment;
“When I came over the hill and saw my ball laying in the fairway, I thought. This is my moment. It was me hitting from the middle of the fairway. It wasn’t lost on me that today was Father’s Day. A lot of us come from great men and we have a responsibility to our children to show what a great man can be. For it to all just work out for me, on such an emotional day, I couldn’t help but look up to the heavens and think that my old dad Ken had something to do with it.”
On an amazing day at Merion Golf Course, all the home supporters were rooting for birthday boy Phil Mickelson, sadly for him a couple of mistakes left him sitting in second place, again. Today was Phil’s 43rd birthday and it should have been a great day for him, but this is the sixth time Phil has been in second place at this event, the most coveted trophy missing from his display cabinet;
“Heartbreak, this is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all of them. I had a golf course I really liked. I felt this was as good an opportunity as you could ask for. It really hurts.”
Luke Donald was in position to challenge for this Trophy, but after his tee shot hit a female volunteer official on the third hole. It seemed to wreck his concentration, and everything fell apart after that incident.
As I predicted at the beginning of the week, the winner was not under par for the tournament.