Justin Rose (left) and Luke Donald are each seeking their first major win (Getty Images).
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- The All-England pairing of Luke Donald and Justin Rose has just teed off in Sunday's final round. Each player would love nothing more than to end their country's drought at the U.S. Open.
The last English winner came in 1970 when Tony Jacklin won at Hazeltine. Since then, the only runner-up finish by an Englishman came in 1988 when Nick Faldo lost to Curtis Strange in a playoff at The Country Club.
Faldo was also the last Englishman to win a major of any kind with his win in 1996 at the Masters. Since then, the English are 0 for 65.
Donald and Rose are each at 1 over, two strokes off the lead held by Phil Mickelson.
Donald's last win on the PGA TOUR was at Tampa Bay in 2012. The former No. 1 has two top-10s this season, including a tie for third at the RBC Heritage.
He feels his game is ready to win a major.
"I feel like for the most part those last three rounds I've played some solid golf," said Donald, who suffered a double bogey on his final hole in Saturday's third round to drop out of the lead. "It's just going out there and trusting it."
Rose, who's last TOUR win was the 2012 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, also likes his position going into the final round.
"One or two shots on this golf course can disappear in a heartbeat," Rose said. "There's a lot of momentum swings out here. I feel like I'm in great position.
"If you would have said to me, Thursday morning, hey, this is where you're going to be entering Sunday, I would absolutely have taken it."