The 2013 U.S. Open is in the books and it was one for the ages as Justin Rose wins his first major title making him just one win shy of the hall of fame. Merion ended up being yet again one of the toughest challenges in U.S. Open history, with NO ONE finishing under par. Everyone, including Justin, was over par, nobody wasn’t even even for the tournament (See what I did there?) and this shows yet again why the U.S. Open is the toughest test in all of golf. The Masters is still the best major in my opinion but the U.S. Open is a blast year after year and Merion absolutely shredded these golfers to pieces. It’s incredible what one golf course can do to a golfer’s ability and mentality and Justin Rose was able to fight his way through and get to the finish line and hoist the trophy at the end. Big ups to Phil Mickelson and Jason Day as well as Phil had the lead the whole tournament but unfortunately for him, this is his sixth runner up at the U.S. Open, extending his record for most runner ups in a U.S. Open but as we know, Phil is a competitor and will surely comeback next year. Jason Day on the other hand has been incredible throughout his short career despite only having a few wins. He constantly is in the top 10 in the majors and eventually he will win a major title which will lead him to more majors because he’s just that good.
I have never seen anything like it, he’s in the top 10 or five in every major and it’s not like he’s some big superstar like Phil or Ernie Els who also finished in the top five as he was trying to capture his second major in two years.Jason’s approach to the game is very stealthy, sometimes you don’t realize he’s in the top 10 at the majors and then well, there he is! Phenomenal play once again by Jason Day and there is no question he will win plenty of major championships before it’s all set and done. Jason Dufner, who was a favorite by a lot of top golf writers including myself (NOT a top golf writer) going into the season to win a major as I had “Duff” winning the Masters but we know who took that crown (Some guy named Scott). He finished tied for fourth trying to get his first major title and trying to keep his expectations as high as many thought. Overall Jason has had an “OK” season, not bad but just not as good as many expected and getting a W at the U.S. Open would have boosted up his popularity although he’s already a fairly popular player.
Merion was a perfect fit for him too as he his one of the most accurate hitters on Tour. Control players had the benefit going into the U.S. Open with its narrow fairways and tight greens. Justin Rose, like Phil Mickelson has that great combo of power and accuracy off the tee and Justin is better at hitting shots with accuracy than power but still had plenty of pop which made him dangerous but it also made Phil dangerous as well. Billy Horschel finished in the top five as well and has proved why he has been one of the best players on Tour this year. Billy, who rocked those awesome octo shorts for Sunday’s round, has five top 10’s including a win quietly coming in to his own. he’s also a terrific control player who has amazing putting skills as well.
Just another great player on another stellar leaderboard. Another guy, who finished tied for 10th was power hitting Nicolas Colsaerts who overall for his career has been very good with nine wins on his resume. He’s just going to get better if he stays on the PGA Tour as this is the first time we have really seen Nicolas and anytime you see a bomber off the tee that can challenge Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Luke List, you know it’s going to be a fun time. He was the only power hitter to finish in the top 10 as everyone on the leaderboard was either a control player or an all-around player like Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. Oh, and a shout to the guy from my hometown Chicago, Luke Donald for a great performance at the tournament! Overall, this has been a great U.S. Open and I bet next year’s will be just as fun. Thanks for the memories Merion!