5. Justin Rose claims the US Open
English golf's 17-year wait for a major champion ended this year as Englishman Justin Rose held off Phil Mickelson to claim the US Open at Merion.
Rose had been one of those golfers who had never quite fulfilled the promise he showed after famously holing out on the 18th as an amateur at the 1998 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.
Yet the doubters were finally put to rest as the Johannesburg born player shot a final round 70 to claim victory by two shots at the toughest major of the year.
As the top two in the world, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy failed to put up a charge at the Pennsylvania course instead it was about those golfers who put a premium on accuracy rather than length who shined.
Phil Mickelson's wonderful short game also kept him in contention all week and despite leading pretty much since day one, Mickelson was unable to maintain his challenge bogeying the final hole when he needed a birdie to tie Rose.
Indeed for Rose his week was summed up by one of the shots of the year with his approach to the 18th from 229 yards which left an easy up and down for what would be a pivotal par.
It was also an emotional win as it come on Fathers Day eleven years following the death of his own father and he said afterwards that spiritual feeling was crucial in helping him claim his maiden major.
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