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Mickleson Falters; Rose Wins U. S. Open

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After an eagle on 10, Phil Mickleson had the U. S. Open Championship in his sights.  But, on his 43rd birthday, Lefty couldn’t close the deal.

Justin Rose played the most consistent golf on the final day and  became the first Englishman to win a major championship since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters, shooting a final round even par 70, for a one over par total of 281.  Rose had five birdies and five bogeys in the final round to win by two strokes over Mickelson, who settled for his sixth runnerup finish at the only major tournament he’s never won.

Mickelson suffered a pair of double bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at +2, but got back to even after an eagle on the tenth.  But Mickleson made a bogey on 13, which has been a makeable birdie hole all week.  He followed that with another bogey on the par-4 15th and was unable to make up either stroke in the final three holes and settled for a final round 74 after a go-for-broke attempt on 18 resulted in another bogey, tying him with Justin Day for second place.


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