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(Associated Press) Justin Rose reacts after making a putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club Sunday in Ardmore, Pa.

U.S. Open: Rose a thorn in Mickelson's side

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ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — A steady hand gave Justin Rose the shiny U.S. Open Trophy. A wild ride gave Phil Mickelson yet another silver medal.

Rose captured his first major championship on Sunday with remarkable calm and three pure shots on the punishing closing holes at Merion. A par on the 18th hole gave him an even-par 70, and that was good enough to become the first Englishman in 43 years to win America’s national championship.

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