Justin Rose has become the first English golfer to win the US Open in 43 years as he triumphed over the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Merion. Phil Mickelson finished as the joint runner-up alongside Jason Day whilst Justin Rose showed his true skill and calmness as he won the major by two strokes.
As Rose putted in his final shot of the tournament, he had tears in his eyes as he looked up in the sky to celebrate his first major victory. He admitted after the tournament, which was held on Father’s Day, that he dedicated his triumph to his father, Ken Rose, who passed away 11 years ago. Ken rose unfortunately died at the age of 57 after struggling with cancer, but he played a vital role in his son’s career being his caddie and a wonderful mentor.
Phil Mickelson was looking for the victory in this US Open as the final day was held on his 43rd birthday and it would have been the perfect way to spend it. All the American had to do was to birdie the final hole in order to take the competition to an 18-hole play-off on Monday with Justin Rose, but Mickelson could only manage to make a bogey five.
After his first major victory, Justin Rose emotionally commented, “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.”
Justin Rose is the third golfer from the United Kingdom to win the US Open in four years after Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland won it in 2010 and world number 2 Rory McIlroy won it in 2011 at Congressional. The previous Englishman to win the US Open was back in 1970 when Tony Jacklin won by seven shots.
Author Daniel Foster.
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