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Justin Rose Wins U.S. Open

Justin Rose of England hits at 9th tee during the 4th round of the US Open at Merion Golf Club June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Justin Rose of England hits at 9th tee during the 4th round of the US Open at Merion Golf Club June 16, 2013 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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