American Lucas Glover on Monday won a rain-soaked U.S. Open golf championship at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y., as sentimental favorite Phil Mickelson fell just short once again.

Glover, who entered the day tied for the lead at 7-under par with Ricky Barnes, shot a 3-over-par 73 to win by 2 strokes. Mickelson, who recently took time away from the PGA Tour to be with his wife, who is suffering from breast cancer, tied for second with Barnes and David Duval.

Tiger Woods, who shot a one-under-par 69 Monday, finished even, tied for sixth.

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Glover, who missed the cut in three previous U.S. Open appearances, has only one other win on the PGA Tour, the 2005 Funai Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.

The final round was pushed to Monday after heavy rains over the past four days soaked Bethpage's notoriously difficult Black course. Mickelson, who also fell just short as a crowd favorite at the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage, had pulled into a tie with Glover for the lead with an eagle putt on the 13th hole.

Mickelson's two bogeys on the final five holes, however, allowed Glover to hang on to the lead.

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