Geoff Ogilvy kisses the USopen trophy.
Geoff Ogilvy kisses the USopen trophy.

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NEW YORK (AAP): Geoff Ogilvy ended Australia's 11-year title drought in golf's majors by winning the US Open in dramatic style.

Ogilvy shot a final round of two-over-par 72 at the penal Winged Foot Golf Club to claim his maiden major championship by one shot from a faltering Phil Mickelson, Colin Montgomerie and Jim Furyk.

Ogilvy produced a brilliant up and down par four on the tough final hole before Mickelson blew his chances when he hit a wayward drive and took a double bogey on the same hole minutes later.

The 29-year-old Victorian is Australia's first major winner since Steve Elkington's success in the 1995 US PGA Championship.

He is just the second Australian US Open winner following David Graham's triumph in 1981.

Ogilvy finished the tournament at five-over 285, while Mickelson (74), Montgomerie (71) and Furyk (70) were all one shot back.

Accepting the trophy, Ogilvy struggled for words after conquering one of the most difficult layouts in the history of major golf.

"What a golf course. This is a pretty special. The history here. Obviously one of the toughest golf courses we've ever seen set up. Tougher than I've ever seen anywhere else," said Ogilvy.

"So just to hang on and finish the way I did, and to hang on, I don't really have the words. I'm pretty excited."

Mickelson was bidding to join Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan as only the third golfer to win three consecutive majors after lifting the 2005 US PGA crown and this year's US Masters trophy.

He looked to have a fourth major in the bag before making a mess of the difficult 18th.

After missing the fairway with his drive and botching his approach shot, the American then found a greenside bunker.

He needed to get up and down from a plugged lie to force a playoff but overcooked his sand shot and then took a further two shots to get down.

"I feel for Phil. I know he was the home town favourite to win, but he's won a few majors recently so I can maybe take one away."

Montgomerie had also double-bogeyed the 18th from the middle of the fairway when a par four would have been good enough for his first major title.



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