A hearty congratulations goes out to 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose.
Yesterday's final round of the Open lived up to its reputation for lots of lead changes and high drama. In fact, there were so many lead changes in the last round I thought my head might begin to spin.
If you're wondering where it all began to go wrong for Phil Mickelson, look no further than holes 3 and 5 during his final round, the first occasions of double bogeys of the week for Phil.
But speaking of drama, Phil brought more than his fair share, nailing a brilliant wedge shot on number 10 and plopping it in the hole for an eagle.
Yet even that wasn't enough to hold Justin Rose at bay.
Though Rose was only at 69% of greens hit (compared to Mickelson's tournament average of 75%), Rose's putting average was 1.67 (compared to Mickelson's final average of 1.79).
That, combined with Rose's co-lead of the most birdies scored (tied with Luke Donald's and Jason Day's 15), seemed to constitute the major difference -- that, and the fact that Rose evened out his last day's five bogeys with a counterbalancing five birdies.
Rose shot an even par 70 his last round, and finished the tournament at just 1 over, which was enough to take the US Open trophy for 2013.
Mickelson, on the other hand, had only one birdie and the one eagle, which wasn't nearly enough to offset the three bogeys and two doubles, which saw Mickelson come in with a four over 74.
Interestingly, if you examined the leading birdie leaders for the tournament for only the par 4s, Justin Rose was right up there at the top, tied only with amateur Michael Kim and Australian John Senden at 10.
Assuming he did modestly well with birdies on the par 5s and 3s (which he did), it would make sense Rose would end up at or near the top.
In the end, Rose hit enough fairways and greens to put himself in a position to win, but it was his consistent putting, and tournament-long absence of double bogey or worse, that sealed the deal.