Congrats to Justin Rose for his win at the US Open. And condolenses to Phil Mickelson for being runner up for the sixth time. I must say I like the win for a variety of reasons. Among them his gesture to the heavens upon holing out on the 72nd hole. His dad was such a huge part of his life, golfing and otherwise, and it being Fathers Day, it seemed appropriate. Of course not all participants make such gestures which is I guess why it stood out to me. On top of that, he is a gentleman. Golf is supposed to be a gentleman's game and Justin seems to emulate that in so many ways. He burst on to the scene (at least for we Americans) as a 17 year amatuer in the British Open some years back. He holed out on the 18th in front of a huge crowd and finished 4th. He went pro the next week under his father's watchful eye. Some think it was that high finish at the Open Championship that prompted the move, but in fact he and his dad decided to make the move a full week before the tournament. It must have been tough after turning pro... he missed 19 straight cuts. And by most reports, kept his composure and determination intact. Think how many 17 year olds could or would do that?
Much like Adam Scott, who won the Masters this year, Justin strikes me as a perfect US Open winner. He clearly has the game, but has so much more. A good family man, regularly a smile on his face, and a great representative of the game. I hope the new amounts of scrutiny and attention will not change him and that he continues on a high career trajectory.
I will give Phil Mickelson some props as well... I saw very late coverage last evening and one image that struck me was Lefty signing autographs on his way to his courtesy car. That must have been so tough considering he'd just frittered away his 6th US Open. Certainly he made another nice check, but the disappointment from being so close again must have been exceptional this time around. Absolutely the opposite of the jubilation he felt after holing out for eagle on #10.