Justin Rose wins US Open at Merion course

18:23, Jun 18 2013
Luke Donald
Luke Donald, still chasing his first major victory, speaks to the media following a practice round at Merion.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods plays a shot through the rain to the green during a practice round.
Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia
Spaniards Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia hug during a practice round ahead of the 113th US Open.
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USGA flags flutter in the breeze at Merion Golf Club, outside Philadelphia.
Merion Golf Club
The Merion Golf Club, outside Philadelphia, will host the 113th US Open.
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Three spectators walk past a pool of water during Monday's practice round at Merion.
Merion Golf Club
Grounds crew squeegee water off the sixth fairway during a downpour in Monday's practice round.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods holds two golf balls during a practice round ahead of the US Open.
Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods
Golfing legends Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods chat at the Merion Golf Club.
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood of England plays out of a bunker during a practice round at Merion.
Rory McIlroy
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy signs autographs during his practice round.
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The grandstands sit empty during a weather delay during the first round of the US Open at Merion
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia searches for his ball in the rough during the final practice round.
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia discusses a shot with his caddie during the first round.
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson takes a chunk of grass out with his second shot from the 12th fairway.
Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler
Bubba Watson (left) and Rickie Fowler wait at the clubhouse during the weather delay.
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The sign on the scoreboard tells the story as weather dominated the first morning at the US Open.
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Lee Westwood of England watches his tee shot on the 11th hole as Luke Donald of England looks on during Round One of the 113th US Open.
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Tiger Woods of the United States plays his third shot from a bunker on the second hole during Round One of the 113th US Open.
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Sergio Garcia of Spain walks off the tenth hole after finishing thre over par during Round One of the 113th US Open at Merion Golf Club.
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Robert Karlsson of Sweden hits a shot from a bunker on the 14th hole during Round One of the 113th US Open at Merion Golf Club.
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Tiger Woods reacts to missing a putt on the fourth green during the first round of the 2013 US Open.
Luke Donald
Luke Donald receives some instructions from his caddie John McLaren as he finishes his first round at Merion.
Steve Williams and Tiger Woods
Caddie Steve Williams (left) shakes hands with his former boss Tiger Woods at the conclusion of the first round.
Kevin Streelman
Kevin Streelman stretches with his driver on the fifth hole tee box.
US Open spectators
Umbrella-carrying US Open spectators leave the course after play was suspended during the opening round.
Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott
The US Open's power threesome of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.
Adam Scott
Masters champion Adam Scott tees off on the ninth hole at Merion.
US Open officials
US Open officials search in the rough for a ball hit by Angel Cabrera.
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US Open spectators eye players down the fairway during the second round.
Hideki Matsuyama
Japan golfer Hideki Matsuyama discusses tactics with his caddie.
Wicker basket flag
A caddie holds a flagstick with the famed Merion wicker basket atop it.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods walk up the 10th fairway together during the second round.
US Open 2013 gallery
Billy Horschel shares the lead with Phil Mickelson after two days play at the US Open.
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Phil Mickelson is all smiles after his second round score gave him a share of the lead.
Merion Golf Club
The scene at the 17th green at Merion Golf Club during the 113th US Open.
Steve Stricker
Steve Stricker leans on his putter as he reads the line of a putt during the second round.
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter walks down the steps from the 17th tee to the green at Merion.
Cheng-Tsung Pan
Taiwan's Cheng-Tsung Pan plays from the bunker at the 15th hole.
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Charl Schwartzel held the lead at the halfway point in the third round.
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Luke Donald unleashes a tee shot during the third round.
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Phil Mickelson and caddie Jim Mackay survey the scene on the fifth hole at Merion.
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Tiger Woods fired a six-over 76 in the third round.
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Hunter Mahan plays a shot from the fairway on the first hole of the final round.
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Australia's Jason Day reacts after missing a putt on the 15th hole.
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Billy Horschel plays a tee shot on the second hole in his final round.
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Phil Mickelson jumps for joy after holing out for eagle on the 10th hole.
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2013 US Open champion Justin Rose.
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Justin Rose with the US Open trophy.
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Justin Rose points skywards to acknowledge his late father after holing out for par on the 18th green.

England's Justin Rose clinched his first major title with a nerve-jangling two-shot victory at the 113th US Open after overhauling 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson in the final round.

Rose closed with a level-par 70 in difficult scoring conditions at Merion Golf Club, posting a one-over total of 281 to become the first Englishman to win the year's second major since Tony Jacklin at Hazeltine in 1970.

American Mickelson bogeyed three of the last six holes for a 74 to tie for second with Australian Jason Day (71).

It was an especially emotional win for Rose, coming on Father's Day, and he pointed a finger skywards after two-putting for par on the 18th green to acknowledge the memory of his own father Ken, who died from leukaemia in 2002.

"It wasn't lost on me that today was Father's Day," the 32-year-old Rose said during the trophy presentation after mixing five birdies with five bogeys in the final round.

"For it to all just work out for me, on such an emotional day, I just couldn't help but look up to the heavens and think that my old dad Ken had something to do with it," said Rose, after winning his fifth title on the US PGA Tour.

Left-hander Mickelson, serenaded with 'Happy Birthday' chants from the fans on every hole after turning 43, had to settle for a record sixth runner-up spot at the US Open after carding a 74.

"For me, it's very heart-breaking," said Mickelson, who had previously finished second at the event in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2009.

"This could have been a really big turnaround for me on how I look at the US Open and the tournament that I'd like to win, after having so many good opportunities.

"This week was my best opportunity, I felt, heading in, certainly the final round, the way I was playing and the position I was in."

Mickelson, a four-times major champion, had to hole out for birdie from a swale below the green at the par-four last to force a playoff but his shot ran through the back of the green from where he two-putted for bogey.

Day shared second place with Mickelson at three over with Americans Hunter Mahan (75), Jason Dufner (67) and Billy Horschel (74), and twice former champion Ernie Els of South Africa (69), a further two strokes back in a tie for fourth.

Tiger Woods, who teed off among the early starters, posted a two-over-par 74 for a 13-over total of 293, his worst finish after four rounds at a US Open as a professional.

Helped by consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th, Rose edged one ahead on a tightly bunched leaderboard and, though he bogeyed 14 and 16, he was handed the lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both stumbled at the tricky par-four 15th.

BRUTAL CHALLENGE

Rose safely parred the short 17th before having to face the brutal challenge of the 511-yard, uphill last, the most difficult hole on the course during the week.

He struck a superb tee shot down the middle, then hit his four-iron approach right at the flag for his ball to roll through to the back of the green before nestling on the fringe.

From there, Rose used a three-wood to putt and very nearly sank the birdie attempt, his ball curling left-to-right before halting inches short of the cup.

After a muggy, overcast and breezy morning, the wind began to pick up, causing all sorts of problems for players already battling to cope with slick, sloping greens, narrow tilting fairways and heavy rough.

South African Charl Schwartzel, Mickelson, Mahan, Rose and Day all enjoyed moments at the top of the leaderboard but it was Mickelson who provided the shot of the day when he stunningly holed out from the right rough to eagle the par-four 10th.

Mickelson watched from 75 yards out as his ball bounced short of the pin before rolling up into the cup, then jumped up and down with both arms raised skywards.

That briefly put him a stroke clear but Rose responded with birdies at 12, where he struck a superb approach to two feet, and at 13, where he drained an 18-footer. Mickelson's title bid effectively ended with bogeys on 13 and 15.

Woods, tournament favourite at the start of the week after winning four times in just eight starts on the 2013 PGA Tour, birdied the par-four first but then ran up a triple-bogey eight at the second after hitting his tee shot out-of-bounds.

The three-times US Open champion added a further two birdies and four bogeys to finish in a tie for 32nd, his bid for a first major title in five years coming up well short.

"I did a lot of things right, unfortunately I did a few things wrong, as well," said world number one Woods, a 14-times major champion. "I didn't make a lot of putts the first couple of days and yesterday."

Northern Irish world number two Rory McIlroy, the US Open champion at Congressional in 2011, finished a further shot back at 14 over after signing off with a 76.  

New Zealand's Steve Alker finished at 15-over par in a tie for 45th place with the likes of Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott after firing a two-over par 72 in his final round.

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