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U.S. Open 2013: Rose denies Mickelson again

6:44 PM, Jun 16, 2013   |    comments
Justin Rose of England looks to the heavens in acknowledgement of his deceased father after putting on the 18th hole to complete the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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ARDMORE, Pa. (USA Today) -- Justin Rose broke Phil Mickelson's back in last year's Ryder Cup.

He broke Mickelson's heart Sunday in the U.S. Open.

Rose became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 with a final-round even-par 70 to thwart Mickelson's quest to win the championship he covets most. Rose held on at short but feisty Merion Golf Club to finish at 1 over par, two shots better than Mickelson and Jason Day.

Rose becomes the first Englishman to win a major since Nick Faldo in the 1996 Masters, 68 majors ago.

It's the first major championship for Rose, 32, the No. 5 player in the world rankings. He now has 14 professional wins, including four others on the PGA Tour.

In the Ryder Cup last year at Medinah Country Club, Rose holed putts of 10, 35 and 12 feet on consecutive holes to beat Mickelson 1-up, helping Europe rally to win.

For Mickelson, who had at least a share of the lead in all three rounds entering Sunday, it was his record sixth runner-up finish.

Mickelson, who turned 43 on Sunday shot a final-round 4-over 74.

His putter let him down on Sunday. He could not offset a couple of early double bogeys with a hole-out for eagle at No. 10.

USA Today

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