ARDMORE, Pa. —
Rose should have had a notion he could handle the big stage. It was just under nine months ago when he was headed to a crucial loss — against Mickelson, of all people — in the Ryder Cup at Medinah last year. Rose holed a 12-foot par putt on the 16th, a 35-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 1-up victory, the key to Europe’s remarkable rally.
That was a team win for Europe. This was for England.
“It’s been too long, really,” Donald said. “I think we’ve had a lot of talent come out of England, and hopefully we’ve broken our bad period. This will be a great win for Justin, and for England.”
Rose ended his night by tweeting a photo of the shiny U.S. Open trophy as the centerpiece of a dining table, champagne glasses ready to be filled.