Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to be Phil “Lefty” Mickelson. Well, that’s not quite right, because I’m sure it pays really well to be him. However, when it comes to the U.S. Open tournament, he just can’t manage to close the deal.
After finishing in second place on five previous occasions, it looked like he might be able to change things up, entering the final round of the U.S. Open with a one shot lead. Two double bogeys to start off Sunday’s round sent Lefty plummeting down the standings, only no one else was really doing that great either.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose started the day two strokes behind Mickelson. The leaderboard flip-flopped back and forth all day long until finally they reached the 18th hole and Mickelson was trailing Rose by a single stroke. Rose made par on the final two holes of the tournament, which was all he would need, as bogeys were a very common occurrence over the course of the tournament this weekend.
The victory was Rose’s fourth on the PGA Tour, but the first time that he won at a major championship. His previous best at a major was finishing in third place at the 2012 PGA Championship. His last victory overall came at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in March of 2012.
One player that ended up not being in contention (despite all the TV coverage throughout the weekend) for any of the final day was Tiger Woods. He started off the tournament in fair shape, but on the second day his score rose up and his positioning on the leaderboard plummeted. Woods ended up carding a +13 score, leaving him tied for 32nd after shooting a +4 74 on the final day.