Justin Rose won the U.S. Open today becoming the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970. It was a close, tense finish with Rose overcoming Mickelson to finish at 1 over par, two shots better than Mickelson. He pointed up to heaven, overcome with the emotion of winning on Father’s Day and thinking of his late father:
“It wasn’t lost on me that today is Father’s Day,” said Rose.
“My dad was the inspiration the whole day. … I just couldn’t help but look up to the heavens and think that my old dad, Ken, had something to do with it.
“I was trying to keep it together, obviously, because I didn’t want to be premature. Phil had two holes to play. But that was my time, the clouds had parted, it was kind of ironic. It was just a beautiful evening. And the way it worked out, I felt like I needed to do that.”
This win was all too familiar because he beat Mickelson last year at the Ryder Cup. Mickelson came close to the win on several holes, but he just couldn’t finish.
“This one’s probably the toughest for me, because at 43 and coming so close five times, it would have changed the way I look at this tournament altogether and the way I would have looked at my record,” Mickelson said. “Except I just keep feeling heartbreak.”
So Rose walks away with the win, but in my book both win.
They get to do what they love on Father’s Day.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,