The second major championship is upon us this week as Justin Rose defends his
U.S. Open title at Pinehurst No. 2. Rose made a late charge last year at
Merion to come from behind and win his first major championship. Rose closed
with an even-par 70 to win by two strokes over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.
Rose had a pair of birdies early on the back nine to grab control, but gave
those shots back. He parred the last two holes, and those closest could not
catch him. Mickelson`s second-place finish was his record sixth runner-up
finish at the U.S. Open. Pinehurst No. 2 is hosting the U.S. Open for the
third time. Payne Stewart won the title in 1999 and Michael Campbell was
victorious in 2005.