US Open 2013: Justin Rose Win Title in Merion.Justin Rose wins his first major championship at Merion.Justin Rose kept his cool on Sunday to win the U.S. Open for his first victory in a major as he also became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the tournament.Rose, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood have long played on the stage of the Ryder Cup and Donald and Westwood rose to the top of the world rankings.
Revolutionary victory Justin Rose at the U.S. Open could open the door to the golden generation of golfers from England to finally make their collective mark in the record books.
The pressure on them to finally deliver on the biggest stages has been increasing every major way.
But until Merion Golf Club on Sunday, none of them had been able to raise major titles in sport – the U.S. and British opens, the Masters and the PGA Championship.
Yet the English trophy remained empty and before Merion, no Englishman had won a U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 and none had won a major since Nick Faldo in the 1996 Masters.
Ulster Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke joined the club of winners as well as young Americans Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson and South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
All that came to an excellent finish on Sunday when 32-year-old Rose held his nerve down a straight line grip to avert a late challenge from crowd favorite Phil Mickelson.
US Open 2013: Justin Rose Win Title in Merion
Career High & Lows Record:
- Rose announced himself to the golfing world as a 17-year-old amateur at the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale. On the final hole, he pitched a 45-yard shot over a bunker and into the hole for a birdie before receiving a standing ovation on his walk to the green as he finished in a tie for fourth
- He turned professional following his performance at the 1998 Open only to miss 21 consecutive cuts
- Rose failed to get through qualifying school in 1998 in a bid to earn his European Tour card for the following year. He went through qualifying school successfully in 1999 and 2000 before earning his place on the tour through his yearly ranking
- In 2002, the Englishman achieved his first professional victory when he won the Dunhill Championship in South Africa and he went on to also claim the Nashua Masters, Chunichi Crowns and Victor Chandler British Masters titles that year
- He won the Volvo Masters in 2007 on the way to earning that year’s European Order of Merit
- Rose earned his first win in the United States by winning the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in 2010
- He was overlooked for a Ryder Cup wild card spot by Colin Montgomerie in 2010
- The Englishman was part of the 2012 Ryder Cup team and secured a vital singles win over Phil Mickelson as Europe come back from 10-6 down to win in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’