The winner of 2013 U.S. Open was Justin Rose but the four days of competition at the old Merion Golf Club made for plenty of wonderful storylines.
So at the end of one the most challenging U. S. Open championships in recent history as you would imagine there was more than a few good comments. The Merion Golf Club was the star and the final round battle between Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson was right out of a movie.
The Golf Channel team offered these post U.S. Open comments on what happened yesterday.
Brandel Chamblee spoke about the course: “Merion extracts the best from the best ball strikers. David Graham, we still talk about his execution in the final round in 1981.”
Frank Nobilo on Jusin Rose win “He knocked some key putts in, no question about that. It was a little reminiscent of the Ryder Cup, and oddly enough he played Phil last year in a huge match…The drive he hit on 18 was reminiscent to what Angel Cabrera did at Oakmont in 2007.”
On Phil Mickelson’s post-round interview
Colin Montgomerie: “I think he is very honest in his interviews, and it is nice to see. Some of the top players aren’t as honest as Phil. It is great when questions are asked of Phil, he gives an honest answer.”
On the importance of Justin Rose’s win
Colin Montgomerie: “This could start a new trend here. We waited 43 years after all since Tony Jacklin won on U.S. soil as a Brit. I tried, Faldo tried, we all did our best to try and win, but never came up with trumps, and now we have. This should spur on to greater success Poulter, Donald, Westwood to get going again and start this European trend again, because this is the first European winner of a major in a long, long time.”
On Justin Rose’s 18th hole
Colin Montgomerie: “Those two shots he hit on No. 18 were Hogan-esque. Talk about 1950. That drive he hit right down the middle, right down the middle, and his 4-iron… I wasn’t here in 1950 to watch Hogan hit his two shots, but I was fortunate to be here to witness those two, because they were as good as any.”
Brandel Chamblee: “Ben Hogan himself knew he needed to make par there and that’s why we still talk about how Ben Hogan played that hole. Years from now, 20, 30, 40 years. They will still be talking about how Justin Rose played that hole.”