ARDMORE, Pa. — The best golfers in the world came to Merion Golf Club for the 113th U.S. Open and an amusement-park ride broke out.

Two by two, the golfers took off for Sunday’s final round at Merion Golf Club on a stomach-churning whirl, climbing up the leaderboard only to drop without warning in the time it took the wind to shift or their focus to drift.

For Phil Mickelson, known as Phil the Thrill for his derring-do, it looked like he was on the ride of his life, one he had been queuing up for more than 20 years to take, when he holed a wedge shot from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 10th to regain the lead he had lost with two double bogeys in the first five holes.

But Mickelson, a four-time major champion, could not ride the momentum of his highlight-reel 2 to victory.

Mickelson made bogeys at Nos. 13 and 15 and was overtaken down the stretch by Justin Rose, who played the final seven holes in one-under for a final-round, even-par 70 and a 72-hole total of 1-over 281. Mickelson’s 74 dropped him to a tie with Jason Day at 3-over 283.

“For me, it’s very heartbreaking,” said Mickelson, a six-time runner-up in this championship who turned 43 on Sunday.

Rose, 32, became the first Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to win the U.S. Open. And in securing his first major championship, Rose completed a loop on his roller-coaster career, one that saw him turn pro at 17 after finishing fourth in the 1998 British Open and miss the cut in his first 21 events before developing into the star everyone expected him to be.

Rose weathered five bogeys on Sunday at the rough course that was not everybody’s idea of a thrill ride. Martin Laird, a Scot who carded a 68, one of the lower rounds of the day, to finish at plus-11, said, “I enjoy it now that it’s over and I have shot two-under but to be honest I do not like the setup. I think that they try to push the envelope a little too far in the first few rounds.”

Noting that the United States Open was held here for the first time in 32 years, Rory McIlroy, the world No. 2, said: “Yeah, I mean, some guys want to keep that 30-year gap going. I’m not too sure just because it’s beaten up on us so much. But I think it would be great to have it back here.”

Note

Cheng-Tsung Pan, the UW junior-to-be, finished tied for 45th at 15 over.

Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor was 73rd.• Ex-UW golfer Alex Prugh finished third at the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.

Source: AP

Phil Mickelson suffered his record sixth runner-up finish at golf’s U.S. Open.

Mickelson’s woes
Year Course Finished 2nd to …
2013 Merion Justin Rose
2009 Bethpage Black Lucas Glover
2006 Winged Foot Geoff Ogilvy
2004 Shinnecock Hills Retief Goosen
2002 Bethpage Black Tiger Woods
1999 Pinehurst Payne Stewart
Source: AP

Phil Mickelson suffered his record sixth runner-up finish at golf’s U.S. Open.

Mickelson’s woes
Year Course Finished 2nd to …
2013 Merion Justin Rose
2009 Bethpage Black Lucas Glover
2006 Winged Foot Geoff Ogilvy
2004 Shinnecock Hills Retief Goosen
2002 Bethpage Black Tiger Woods
1999 Pinehurst Payne Stewart