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Rory McIlroy missed short putts on the 16th and 18th holes. Alamy Stock Photo
Pinehurst

More major heartbreak for Rory McIlroy as Bryson DeChambeau wins US Open

Northern Irishman let slip a winning position in the closing holes.

LAST UPDATE | 18 hrs ago

BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU CAPTURED his second US Open title, edging Rory McIlroy by one stroke in a dramatic back-nine duel at Pinehurst.

The 30-year-old American, who also won the 2020 US Open, fired a one-over-par 71 to finish on six-under-par 274 while McIlroy shot 69 to stand on 275 after 72 holes.

bryson-dechambeau-celebrates-after-winning-the-u-s-open-golf-tournament-sunday-june-16-2024-in-pinehurst-n-c-ap-photomike-stewart Bryson DeChambeau celebrates at the last. Alamy Stock Photo Alamy Stock Photo

McIlroy, thwarted in a bid to end a 10-year major win drought, led with four holes remaining but made bogeys on three of the last four holes, two of them on short putts, to help hand DeChambeau the title.

In a collapse mindful of Greg Norman’s epic 1996 last-round loss to Nick Faldo at Pinehurst, McIlroy missed par putts from 2.5 feet at the par-3 17th and just inside four feet at the par-4 18th — tension-packed misses for bogeys that left McIlroy one behind.

DeChambeau found dirt and weeds left and a bunker at 18 but blasted his third shot to four feet and sank his pressure-packed putt for the victory.

Raising his arms in triumph, DeChambeau screamed and jumped for joy, then paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart, the 1999 US Open winner at Pinehurst who died only a few months later.

“That’s Payne right there, baby,” DeChambeau said into a television camera, pointing to a pin of Stewart on his cap.

 – © AFP 2024

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