Date: June 17, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Day finishes equal second at US Open

England&aposs Justin Rose has taken out the US Open, pulling off an outlandish chip on the 18th hole with his three wood to wrap up a two-shot win. Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open in 43 years, taking the lead with consecutive birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before holding on to triumph over Australia&aposs Jason Day and overnight leader Phil Mickelson. But in a dramatic finale, Rose saw his second shot on the 18th hole roll onto the fringe of the green but the 32-year-old Englishman chipped on brilliantly with his three wood before sinking his par putt to complete an even-par 70. That left the Englishman at one over for the tournament, two shots ahead of Day and when Mickelson bogeyed the last, Rose clinched his maiden major title. Rose posted five birdies and as many bogeys during Sunday&aposs fourth round at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania, taking the lead after his 20-foot birdie putt on the par-three 13th hole. Mickelson finished second at the US Open for the sixth time in his career after an incredibly inconsistent final round. On his 43rd birthday, Mickelson produced two double-bogeys on the front nine plus a birdie in the space of three holes before carding an eagle on the par-four 10th. But bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes, ensured Mickelson finished with a four-over 74 in Ardmore, while Day carded a one-over 71 to claim a share of second, although the 25-year-old Australian would have been disappointed in his run home. Day was in contention when he birdied the 10th hole but bogeys on the 11th, 14th and 18th meant the Queenslander failed to put enough pressure on Rose in the final few holes. Jason Dufner carded a three-under 67 to claim a share of fourth position at five under overall, alongside Ernie Els, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan, while Luke Donald of England and Steve Stricker were a shot further back in tie for eighth.