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Class act Rose breaks Mickelson's heart at Merion

Justin Rose poses with the U.S. Open trophy after the final round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky) Justin Rose put on a display of sheer class as a golfer and a sportsman to consign his early career struggles to history and capture his first major championship with a two-stroke US Open victory over eternal bridesmaid Phil Mickelson and Australian’s Jason Day at a punishing Merion last night.

Mickelson the big cheese in major Merion mousetrap

Phil Mickelson plays his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Saturday, June 15, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky) Phil Mickelson is on track to end a lifetime of heartbreak in the US Open after a battling 70 gave a one stroke lead heading into the final round on his 43rd birthday.

Wide Open at Merion?

Tiger Woods plays from a bunker on the 17th hole during a practice round at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky) So what’s it going to be? A thoroughbred major winner with  killer course management and length to spare? A major virgin with a hot putter and an even hotter wedge? How about a straight-hitting gut-player with a laser-like long game and a brain?

McIlroy masterclass leaves lasting impression

Rory McIlroy became the first man in US Open history to get to 13 under par. Credit: golffile.ieRory McIlroy has impressed his rivals with his play over the first two rounds at Congressional Country Club.

Leading on 11 under par after rounds of 65 and 66, some players even appear to be cheering him on following his Masters meltdown in April.