US Open 2024: Bryson DeChambeau cruises to one-stroke victory as Rory McIlroy’s long wait continues at Pinehurst No 2 | golf news

Bryson DeChambeau took advantage of a late collapse by Rory McIlroy to win the US Open for the second time with a dramatic one-stroke victory at Pinehurst No 2.

DeChambeau took a three-shot lead into the final, but on the day found himself two behind when McIlroy, playing in the second-to-last group, made four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn to raise his hopes of an elusive fifth major victory. .

McIlroy remained one ahead until he followed consecutive bogeys from the 15th with another on the par-four final, missing two putts from within four feet on that final stretch, while DeChambeau produced a sensational up-and-under on the last to secure his second important title.

Final Ranking (USA unless otherwise noted)

-6 Bryson DeChambeau; -5 Rory McIlroy (NIrl); -4 Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau; -3 Matthieu Pavón (Fra)

Others selected: -2 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn); +6 Brooks Koepka; +8 Jordan Spieth, Scottie Scheffler

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Rory McIlroy dropped back to six under par after three-putting on the 16th hole in the closing stages of the US Open.

DeChambeau shot a final-round 71 to finish at six under par and one shot ahead of McIlroy, who remains without a major victory since his success at the 2014 PGA Championship, with Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay finishing one shot further back. in third place by Matthieu Pavon.

How DeChambeau bested McIlroy in a great thriller

McIlroy, playing in the second-to-last group alongside Cantlay, got off to a dream start when he rolled from 20 feet on the first, then found himself one of the leaders after DeChambeau couldn’t save par from the back of the green on the fourth. . .

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McIlroy birdied the first hole to close the gap on leader DeChambeau to just two shots.

A terrible break for McIlroy at the par-five fifth saw his excellent approach come off a sloping green, and the Northern Irishman then bunkered from a bad lie on his way to a bogey that left DeChambeau two ahead.

McIlroy missed the green four times in five holes but continued to struggle for pars to stay in touch with DeChambeau, who produced an incredible up-and-under on the eighth and holed out from 15 feet to stay at six under.

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McIlroy made bogey after luck went against him on the fifth hole of the final round of the US Open

The lead was cut to one when McIlroy rolled in from 15 feet to birdie the ninth, and the 2011 US Open champion then hit a 25-foot shot on the next par five to take a share of the lead for the first time.

DeChambeau briefly took the lead when he also birdied the 10th and did well to save par on the next after finding a greenside bunker with his approach, only to see McIlroy fall back level with another long-range birdie at the 12.

A two-shot swing saw McIlroy convert from five feet to take a shot on the manageable 13th hole, having received a favorable bounce off a stand off the tee, while DeChambeau made bogey on the previous hole after a drive errant left him throwing.

DeChambeau responded by making a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole to get within one at seven under, which was enough to share the lead when McIlroy missed the green on the 15th tee and took a sixth bogey of the week in a pair. three.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024 in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
McIlroy finished runner-up at the US Open for the second year in a row

Nerves were evident in both players down the stretch, with DeChambeau three-putting from 25 feet on the 15th to fall one behind and then McIlroy inexplicably missed from two and a half feet to save par on the 16th.

McIlroy responded by getting up and down the sand on the 17th, but gave DeChambeau the lead on the last, where he failed to find the green in two and missed a putt to save par from within four feet, falling back to five under par.

DeChambeau hit his tee shot toward the native area and missed the green with his second, only to make a remarkable 55-yard putt from the sand to four feet and make the putt to complete a remarkable Sunday major.

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DeChambeau wins his second US Open at Pinehurst No 2 with a final round one-over-par 71

“Today I felt like I was hitting the driver the way I wanted,” DeChambeau said at the trophy presentation. “I kept keeping the course focused on trying as many fairways as I could, even though I didn’t, but I got out of trouble really well, but I can’t believe that, up and down, it was probably the best shot of my life.

“I was just trying to land pretty much where I landed. I knew it was a huge up and down to win this huge, prestigious championship. It’s the highlight of my life.”

Whats Next?

McIlroy will return to action at the Travelers Championship, the last of the PGA Tour’s exclusive events, with early live coverage on Thursday from 12:30pm on the red button and at 5pm on Sky Sports Golf.

The final men’s major of the year is The Open, which will take place at Royal Troon from July 18-21, where DeChambeau will once again be among the favorites heading into the tournament. Stream the PGA Tour, majors and more with NOW.

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