Justin Rose Wins the US Open, Phil Mickelson Finishes Second for the Sixth Time
As for Mickelson, he never really got it going today. He double bogeyed twice on the front nine, but just when it looked like all was lost, he holed out for eagle on 10. Unfortunately for Phil, he wouldn't make even a birdie the rest of the way. His best chance was at 16, but he missed the putt. That left him at +2 with Rose in the clubhouse. Phil needed to birdie 17 or 18 to force a playoff, no easy task given those were two of the most difficult holes on the course. Mickelson bogeyed 18 going for it to shoot 74 on the day and +3 on the championship. That bogey put him in a tie for second with Jason Day. Yes, this means that Phil has finished runner-up at the US Open yet again, the sixth time overall. This was a huge missed opportunity for Mickelson, and he knew it, stating that this was his best chance yet to win.
But instead it's Justin Rose taking home the prize. The #5 ranked player in the world first broke through in the 1998 British Open, when he finished fourth as a 17 year old amateur. It took him a while to establish himself as a pro, but he's become one of the best in the game, and now he has a major championship to prove it.