Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 03: Phil Mickelson of the USA celebrates as Tiger Woods, (L) looks on at a Chinese chess table during the the Official 2009 WGC-HSBC Photocall at the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal on November 3, 2009 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Justin Rose is a worthy United States Open champion. The 32-year-old Englishman is not only one of the sport's true gentlemen but arguably the best striker of a golf ball in the game. To seal his breakthrough major, he needed to hit three clutch shots on the final two holes at Merion on Sunday, the most demanding finish to any course anywhere. And who didn't feel for him as he looked to the heavens, his eyes welling in tears, as he thought on this Father's Day of his dad, Ken, who taught him to play but was taken by cancer in 2002 when Justin was just 21? But let's not kid ourselves. Phil lost this one. Again. And to rub a mountain of salt into a wound that's been festering since the mercurial Californian first played an Open in 1990, he did it on his birthday. Mickelson now has extended his own record for runner-up finishes -- six -- in the tournament he most covets. Sunday's heartbreak at Merion may not have been as dramatic as his implosion seven years ago at Winged Foot...
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