For the first time since the 1996 Masters, an Englishman has won a golf major.
On Sunday at the Merion Golf Club just outside of Philadelphia, Justin Rose became victorious despite the fact he shot a four round total of +1, two strokes better than fan favourite Phil Mickelson and Australian Jason Day.
For Mickelson it was the sixth time in his career he finished in second place at the U.S. Open. He has not won a U.S. Open in his career yet despite the fact he has won four career majors–three Masters and one PGA Championship.
Mickelson finished in second place despite the fact he had a spectacular eagle on the tenth hole. But on his 43rd birthday, Mickelson was unble to carry momentum on the back nine, as he had bogeys on the 13rd, 15th and 18th.
Rose was far from spectacular on Sunday, but didn’t make any huge mistakes unlike those who entered the day around him on the leaderboard. The last time an Englishman won a major was Nick Faldo, who won his sixth and final career Major title at the 1996 Masters in Augusta.