Justin Rose captured his first career major Sunday, winning the 2013 U.S. Open with a one-over-par 281 at Merion Golf Club.
Rose was back-and-forth Sunday. He notched five birdies, but they were also accompanied by five bogeys. The 32-year-old ranked 17th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy this year heading into the 2013 U.S. Open, according to PGATour.com, which figured to help him stay away from the gnarly rough at Merion.
That it did, as he ranked fourth in driving accuracy at Merion, per USOpen.com.
On the other hand, he ranked 156th in putting (strokes gained), so you wondered if he would be able to manage the quick greens on the course. But Rose did enough to emerge victorious at Merion, making some big putts down the stretch.
Rose had seven top-10 finishes in majors before he won the 2013 U.S. Open on Sunday. This was his first victory of 2013.
Mickelson had an up-and-down day Sunday. He posted a bogey on hole No. 3, birdied No. 4, then bogeyed No. 5. On No. 10, he notched a stunning eagle before posting bogeys on Nos. 13, 15 and 18.
For Mickelson, his driving accuracy was better overall at Merion than it had been throughout the year, but he struggled from the tee down the stretch. He ranked 161st on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy coming into the tournament—52.55 percent, according to PGATour.com—but posted a driving accuracy of 69.1 percent at the 2013 U.S. Open, per USOpen.com.
Mickelson was strong when it came to greens-in-regulation percentage, which wasn't surprising considering he ranked 20th in the category heading into Merion. Mickelson registered a GIR of 76.1 percent.
This marks Mickelson's sixth career second-place finish at the U.S. Open, a tournament record.
Jason Day entered the 2013 U.S. Open 19th in putting but 117th in driving accuracy, per PGATour.com. He notched three birdies and four bogeys Sunday, including a bogey on the 18th that sealed his third-place finish.
Hunter Mahan had three bogeys and a double bogey Sunday, and that ended up being his undoing. He had no birdies in the final round.
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