The English have finally had their say at the U.S. Open.
It ‘s hard to imagine that 1970 was the last time that an Englishman has won the U.S. Open, but that’s the case after Justin Rose held back American favorite Phil Mickelson to take the title on Sunday.
Rose became the first golfer from England to win a major in 68 tries. Nick Faldo took the Masters in 68. Until then, it didn’t happen again until Rose did the trick at Merion Golf Club with his even-par 70 on Sunday for a 281 total and two-stroke victory.
It’s hard to say if this will be a breakthrough for English golfers, who tend to consider the British Open a bigger jewel than the U.S. Open. English golfers haven’t been dominating the action too much on the U.S. Golf scene in recent years, but there are some good golfers out there from England who could be inspired by Rose’s breakthrough and want to see if they can prevent another 43-year drought of having their country take the U.S. Open Title.
Rose had finished in a tie for fourth place at the 1998 Open Championship when he sank a dramatic shot from the rough on the last hole. He rose to a career-high of third in world ranking this season. He’s won five PGA tour events, but Sunday’s victory was not only a huge win for Rose, but also his country.
Also special for Rose was the fact that it was Father’s Day. He blew a kiss to the heavens after finishing his round.
“I was trying to keep it together, obviously, because I didn’t want to be premature,” Rose told USA Today. “Phil had two holes to play. But that was my time, the clouds had parted, it was kind of ironic. It was just a beautiful evening. And the way it worked out, I felt like I needed to do that.”