Justin Rose Captures 2013 U.S. Open Title

In typical US Open fashion, the player who made the fewest mistakes won on Sunday. The rain-soaked course was more difficult than many had anticipated as Justin Rose carded a final round 70 to win the tournament at +1.

As good as Rose was, many will remember this tournament as the 6th time Phil Mickelson has finished the US Open in 2nd place. It started to look as if destiny was on Mickelson’s side after he made an eagle from the rough on the 10th, but Rose never blinked. After clutch pars on the extremely difficult 17th and 18th Rose was able to get into the clubhouse at +1 with Mickelson unable to makeup any ground over the final two holes.

Winning the US Open for Justin Rose is a life changer; for Mickelson it’s yet another tournament that critics can point to as a “choke.” Phil has finished second at some of the more famous US Open finishes in recent history including Payne Stewart winning at Pinehurst and the infamous choke at Winged Foot. As good as Phil has been throughout his career, the US Open has haunted him. In order to be considered one of the all-time great players he will need to capture at least one title before he retires, or it will always be a gaping hole in his resume.

The championship returns to Pinehurst in 2014 where Phil will try again for his first US Open title.

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