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US OPEN

Justin Rose out to repeat as US Open champion

PINEHURST, N.C. — It wasn’t one shot that won Justin Rose the US Open last year, although the 4-iron he launched on the final hole from 229 yards never left the flagstick and set up his clinching par.

In a way, it wasn’t the 280 other strokes he took at Merion that won him the tournament, either. Rose, and every US Open champion before him, laid the groundwork long before the winning putt dropped.

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