ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) -- For the first time in 43 years the U.S. Open champion is an Englishman.
Justin Rose claimed his first major championship by winning at Merion Golf Club, holding off Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. Rose closed with an even-par 70 for a 1-over total that made him the first Englishman to win the event since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
Rose's final round consisted of five birdies and five bogeys. He missed a 5-footer for par at No. 3, but he sank long birdies on the 6th and 7th, then moved ahead of Mickelson with a 20-footer at No. 13.
Edgerton native Steve Stricker entered Sunday's final round only one shot off of the lead. Stricker slipped on the second hole with a triple-bogey on the par five. He shot a 76 in the final round and finished the tournament at six-over par.
Jason Dufner tied for the day's best round, carding a 67 to finish in a tie for fourth with Ernie Els, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan. Steve Stricker was in the hunt until his 76 left him five strokes back.
Tiger Woods completed a forgettable US Open with a 4-over 74 to finish 13-over par.
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