We couldn’t have asked for a more fitting finish to a great tournament. Justin Rose is no longer one of the best players on the PGA Tour to have not won a major championship. Justin took on one of the toughest venues in recent history at Merion and prevailed to win the 113th US Open on Fathers Day. It was a finish as the US Open should be, with a final score of one over par winning the tournament.
After barely missing a chip in from just off the green with a fairway wood, Justin Rose looked up to the sky, and one can only imagine what was on his mind when he realized he was probably going to win the US Open. I would be surprised if he were not thanking his father for always being there during the bad times, and wishing he could share success with him on this day as well.
I realized at that moment, that as much as I had been pulling for Phil Mickelson all day, every player has a story, and the best players deserved to win. On this day, on this week, it was Justin Rose who played the best, and Justin Rose was the one who deserved to win.
Once again, Merion has produced a tournament that will live in infamy, and should go in the record book with Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam, Ben Hogan’s one-iron, and David Graham’s perfect Sunday. I sure hope the USGA decides to bring another major championship to this great venue.
This was not the first time Justin had beaten Phil. He beat him at Medinah back in September during the Ryder Cup, and in true professionalism, he shook Phil’s hand, and did not step on his pride by making a big deal out of the moment. I think that was the moment Justin Rose realized he could win a major championship, and it was the moment I became a Justin Rose fan.
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