Rose breaks 43-year England drought, wins US Open

Rose breaks 43-year England drought, wins US Open

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ARDMORE, PA - JUNE 16: Justin Rose of England tips his hat after putting on the 18th hole to complete the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club on June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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The Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 6:48 PM

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) -- Justin Rose is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.

Rose shot a closing 70 Sunday at Merion Golf Club for a 1-over 281 total and his first major championship. He finished two shots ahead of Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

The 32-year-old Rose overcame his share of misadventures on a challenging course. He took the solo lead for good when Mickelson and Mahan both dropped shots at No. 15.

He finished with a tap-in for par at the 18th, a hole that didn’t yield a birdie over the final two rounds.

It’s been a long wait for England since Tony Jacklin won the trophy in 1970. Rose has been in contention before. He tied for fifth in 2003 and tied for 10th in 2007.

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