Rose conquers Merion
Ardmore, PA (Sports Network) - With pars on the final two holes Sunday, Justin Rose did just enough to win the U.S. Open Championship.
Rose mixed five birdies and five bogeys in an even-par round of 70. He finished his first major championship title at 1-over 281.
Phil Mickelson bogeyed the last to drop into a share of second at 3-over 283. He closed with a 4-over 74 and ended alongside Jason Day (71). The runner-up finish for Mickelson was his sixth at this championship, and that is an event record.
For the second time in four years, Rose came out on top in the Philadelphia suburbs. In 2010, he fended off Ryan Moore to win the AT&T National at nearby Aronimink Golf Club.
A few miles from where that event was contested, Rose fought off an even stronger leaderboard to claim the victory on the East Course at Merion Golf Club.
The Englishman grabbed control of the tournament with birdies at 12 and 13, but he gave those strokes back at 14 and 16 to lose his lead. Much like Saturday's third round, those closest to the lead fell backwards.
Day was the first to post plus-3, but he did so after bogeys at 14 and 18.
Mickelson, who turned 43 on Sunday, eagled the 10th to move back to even-par for the championship, but he bogeyed 13 and 15 to slide one back. He needed a birdie over the last three holes, but failed to do so.
The six-time runner-up parred 16, then 2-putted for par at 17. Mickelson's drive at the last found the left rough and he tried to chase his approach from there, but his shot hit soft and stopped short of the green.
Mickelson's birdie chip rolled by the right edge, then he 2-putted for bogey to end two back.
Jason Dufner and Hideki Matsuyama matched the low round of the week on Sunday as they closed with 67s. Dufner and British Open champion Ernie Els (69) shared fourth at 5-over 285. They were joined there by Billy Horschel (74) and Hunter Mahan (75).
Luke Donald shot 75 on Sunday, while Steve Stricker struggled to a 76. They shared eighth at plus-6.
Matsuyama tied for 10th at 7-over 287. He was joined there by Rickie Fowler (74), Nicolas Colsaerts (72) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72).
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06/16 20:11:32 ET