Justin Rose Beats Phil Mickelson to Win US Open Title

Justin Rose became the US Open champion and England’s first major champion in 17 years.

Justin Rose looked up to the skies and put his finger to his mouth, as if to say “Not yet, Dad” as he didn’t wait long to won the US Open champion. Photo: 757Live/Flickr

On the 18th, the drive of the future champion finished quite close to Ben Hogan’s plate, from where that golfing genius hit that one-iron to win the US Open.

Essentially needing a par to win, Justin Rose hit a successful four-iron, which rolled past the pin on to the fringe of the green. After that Justin took a three-wood and hit it to an inch thinking all the time of one person.

Justin’ father, Ken, died of leukaemia eleven years ago. The old man would have known that with Phil Mickelson in behind, anything was still possible. But the left-hander was doomed to his sixth runner-up finish at his national championship.

As The Telegraph reports, Mickelson could not force the birdie at either the 17th or 18th and Rose’s glory was complete. He hugged his caddie, Mark Fulcher, and then his wife, Kate.

“I couldn’t help but look up to the heavens and think my old man Ken had something to do with this,” Rose explained after the victory.

“What a day, I just kept telling myself that bogeying is what everyone is doing. You just have to finish it off. What a beautiful setting it was at the 18th. I thought to myself, ‘This is my moment’. I just tried not to get too ahead of myself and hit a beautiful four-iron to the green. With it being Father’s Day – I was just trying to remember my dad. I don’t know what to say, I’m thrilled.”

Justin Rose won the tournament, leaving behind famous golf champion, Tiger Woods, well-known for his victories on the numerous golf competitions.

Thus, a few days ago Woods made headlines winning his second Players Championship at the ever-challenging TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course.

It took him a dozen years to do so, however only four golfers in history won it twice.  2001 was the last time the #1 player won the Players.

“We just go out there and play,” Woods said.

“I had an opportunity to win the golf tournament when I was tied for the lead today, and I thought I handled the situation well and really played well today when I really needed to. And that’s something I’m excited about it.”

“It was tough. I was in control of the tournament and got to 14 tee and just hit the worst shot I could possibly hit. And then, you know, made double bogey there but just stayed really patient,” Woods told Steve Sands of Golf Channel after the win.

“I kept telling myself, ‘That’s the only bad swing I’ve made all day and there’s no reason why I can’t still win this golf tournament.’”

He has won in four of his seven starts in 2013. “Am I surprised?” Woods said. “No. I know a lot of people in this room thought I was done. But I’m not.”

However, at US Open Woods was absolutely done.

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