The 2013 U.S. Open is in the books, and Justin Rose has won his first career major event.
Rose finished at one over par, edging out Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, who both finished at three over. He overcame Mickelson, who shot four over par for the day and thus saw his two-stroke lead evaporate down the stretch.
In turn, Rose entered the record books with a major victory.
Justin Rose: 1st Englishman to win major since Nick Faldo at 1996 Masters; first Englishman to win U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin(1970)
Eleven years later, Rose made every father around the world proud.
As glorious of a day as this was for Rose, it was equally as disappointing for countless other golfers. As always at the U.S. Open, favorites fell victim to the course and thus fell into a deep hole on the leaderboard.
No one was safe.
Perhaps the most disappointing performer of the event was three-time U.S. Open champion and world No. 1 Tiger Woods. Not only was Woods far from contending for the title, but he put together one of the worst performances of his career.
Scratch that, the worst performance of his career.
Joining that trio was Luke Donald. Donald continued to struggle at the U.S. Open. While he did finish eighth, Donald was five over par during the final round of play and went from two strokes off the lead to five.
A stunning collapse—one that continues his woes at the U.S. Open.
We're following Luke Donald around the course ... Ever since he dinged a volunteer on the third, he's looked shaken. Three straight bogeys.
Just like that, a promising beginning came to a disappointing end.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was amateur golfer Michael Kim, who picked up a score of 10 over par. As a result, he found his name on the board next to some of the biggest stars in all of professional golf.
Something he—and the rest of the world—never expected.
"I kept looking at the leaderboard because it was so cool to see my name next to Mickelson, Donald, Schwartzel." --amateur Michael Kim
As great as Kim was, the story of the U.S. Open was Rose and his glorious achievement. Not only was he able to make history, but Rose displayed incredible resolve in coming from behind to take Mickelson down, something that seemed impossible after Lefty put together three strong rounds.
Rose, 32, was born in South Africa and later moved to England. He made his PGA Tour debut in 1998 and has since made two top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open and missed the cut in four separate seasons.
In 2013, he finally broke through, and the golf world collectively rejoiced.
Congratulations @JustinRose99. Tremendous win. Always knew it would happen for you