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US Open: Joy and heartbreak
The highs and the lows of the US Open.
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2013 14:32
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The English media have always had high hopes for newly crowned US Open champion Justin Rose, after the 32-year-old held his nerve down Merion Golf Club's home stretch to win his first major title by two strokes from Phil Mickelson and Jason Day [AFP]

Rose first showed his potential by chipping in at the last to finish fourth at the 1998 British Open as a green 17-year-old amateur [GETTY]

His big win sees him move up golf's world rankings to third, behind Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy [GETTY]

He becomes the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 and is the country’s first major champion since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters [GETTY]

"What a piece of silverware to be sitting to my right," said Rose."It's just an incredible experience and a childhood dream come true at this point." [AFP]

But spare a thought for six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson, who was desperately chasing a first US Open title on his 43rd birthday [AFP]

Two bad wedges on the final day and another huge disappointment in a tournament that perhaps Mickelson seems destined to never win [AFP]

"Heartbreak," Mickelson said. "This is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all of them. I had a golf course I really liked. I felt this was as good an opportunity as you could ask for. It really hurts." [Reuters]

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The English media have always had high hopes for newly crowned US Open champion Justin Rose, after the 32-year-old held his nerve down Merion Golf Club(***)s home stretch to win his first major title by two strokes from Phil Mickelson and Jason Day [AFP]

;*;Rose first showed his potential by chipping in at the last to finish fourth at the 1998 British Open as a green 17-year-old amateur [GETTY];*;

His big win sees him move up golf(***)s world rankings to third, behind Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy [GETTY]

;*;He becomes the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 and is the country’s first major champion since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters [GETTY];*;

"What a piece of silverware to be sitting to my right," said Rose."It(***)s just an incredible experience and a childhood dream come true at this point." [AFP]

;*;But spare a thought for six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson, who was desperately chasing a first US Open title on his 43rd birthday [AFP];*;

Two bad wedges on the final day and another huge disappointment in a tournament that perhaps Mickelson seems destined to never win [AFP]

;*;

"Heartbreak," Mickelson said. "This is tough to swallow after coming so close. This was my best chance of all of them. I had a golf course I really liked. I felt this was as good an opportunity as you could ask for. It really hurts." [Reuters]

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