The 2013 U.S. Open is in the books, and Justin Rose has won his first career major event.
Rose finished at one over par, edging out Phil Mickelson and Jason Day, who both finished at three over. He overcame Mickelson, who shot four over par for the day and thus saw his two-stroke lead evaporate down the stretch.
In turn, Rose entered the record books with a major victory.
How about that?
The story of Rose's afternoon was not only the historical impact, but the emotional implications. Rose won this event on Father's Day, which rings a bell with many who have stood in his shoes.
Rose lost his father in 2002.
Eleven years later, Rose made every father around the world proud.
As glorious of a day as this was for Rose, it was equally as disappointing for countless other golfers. As always at the U.S. Open, favorites fell victim to the course and thus fell into a deep hole on the leaderboard.
No one was safe.
Perhaps the most disappointing performer of the event was three-time U.S. Open champion and world No. 1 Tiger Woods. Not only was Woods far from contending for the title, but he put together one of the worst performances of his career.
Scratch that, the worst performance of his career.
He remains without a major since 2008.
Woods wasn't the only golfer who had a rough day. Those golfers include Rory McIlroy and 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, who fared worse than poorly.
This was a disastrous event for three favorites.
Joining that trio was Luke Donald. Donald continued to struggle at the U.S. Open. While he did finish eighth, Donald was five over par during the final round of play and went from two strokes off the lead to five.
A stunning collapse—one that continues his woes at the U.S. Open.
Just like that, a promising beginning came to a disappointing end.
On the opposite end of the spectrum was amateur golfer Michael Kim, who picked up a score of 10 over par. As a result, he found his name on the board next to some of the biggest stars in all of professional golf.
Something he—and the rest of the world—never expected.
The future is bright for Kim.
As great as Kim was, the story of the U.S. Open was Rose and his glorious achievement. Not only was he able to make history, but Rose displayed incredible resolve in coming from behind to take Mickelson down, something that seemed impossible after Lefty put together three strong rounds.
Rose, 32, was born in South Africa and later moved to England. He made his PGA Tour debut in 1998 and has since made two top-10 finishes at the U.S. Open and missed the cut in four separate seasons.
In 2013, he finally broke through, and the golf world collectively rejoiced.
Congratulations to Justin Rose.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!