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Bryson DeChambeau wins another US Open with a clutch finish to deny Rory McIlroy – The Durango Herald

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates with fans and the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau climbed back into the most famous bunker at Pinehurst No. 2, this time carrying the U.S. Open trophy instead of his 55-degree sand wedge, and filled the silver prize with commemorative grains of sand the best shot of his life.

Rory McIlroy wanted to bury his head in the sand.

DeChambeau won his second US Open title on Sunday by going up and down from 55 yards into a bunker – one of the toughest shots in golf – for another unforgettable finish at Pinehurst and a celebration as raucous as it was back then. hero, Payne Stewart, won in 1999 with a big par putt.

“That’s Payne there, honey!” DeChambeau screamed as he walked off the 18th green.

This was nothing like DeChambeau’s victory at Winged Foot in 2020, when there were no fans and no drama. This was a lot of tension that ultimately came down to three short putts.

McIlroy, who spent much of the final round looking certain he would end a decade without a major, had a one-stroke lead until he missed a 30-inch par putt on the 16th hole. McIlroy was tied for the lead on the 18th, with DeChambeau behind him in the final group, and missed a par attempt from just within 4 feet.

He was watching in the scoring room, hoping for a two-hole playoff, when DeChambeau got into trouble off the tee, as he had done all day. But then DeChambeau provided the magic moment with his bunker shot to four feet and made the par putt for a 1 over 71.

“That bunker shot was the shot of my life,” DeChambeau said.

Moments later, McIlroy was in his car, the wheels spinning on the gravel and leaving Pinehurst without comment. There wasn’t much to say. This one will sting.

“As heartbreaking as it is for some people, it was heartbreaking for me at the PGA,” said DeChambeau, who made a dramatic birdie on the 18th hole at Valhalla a month ago before Xander Schauffele matched him with a birdie. win the PGA Championship.

“I really wanted this one,” DeChambeau said. “When I turned the corner and saw that I was a couple back, I said, ‘No, I’m not going to let that happen.’ I need to focus on figuring out how to make this happen.”

True to form as one of golf’s greatest entertainers, he put on quite a show.

The par putt wasn’t as long or as exciting as Stewart’s in 1999. The celebration was certainly part of that. DeChambeau waved his strong arms repeatedly as he shouted into the blue sky, turning in every direction toward a gallery that cheered him on all week.

As much as this US Open will be remembered for DeChambeau’s beautiful bunker shot, McIlroy played a major role. He hadn’t missed a putt less than four feet for 69 holes on the smooth, domed Donald Ross greens. And with the US Open on the line, he missed two over the last three holes for a 69.

McIlroy looked like a winner. He scored four birdies in a five-hole stretch around the turn. He was a model of cool, the opposite of DeChambeau’s exuberance. He walked confidently to the 14th tee with a two-shot lead as the chants grew louder.

“Ror-EE! Ror-EE!”

DeChambeau could hear them, and he hit a 3-wood on the reachable par-4 13th — the tees were moved forward to 316 yards — to the center of the green so a birdie could stay close.

McIlroy took bogey from behind the 15th green, but he remained one ahead when DeChambeau, playing in the group behind him, had his first three-putt of the week on the 15th when he missed from four feet.

And that’s where this US Open took a devastating turn for McIlroy.

He missed a par putt by 30 inches on the 16th hole to fall back into a tie. On the 18th hole, McIlroy’s tee shot landed behind a wiregrass bush. He shot right in front of the green and threw beautifully to four feet. And he missed again.

DeChambeau kept the fans on edge until the end. He pulled his drive to the left in a terrible lie, with a tree in his backswing and a root in front of the golf ball. The best he could do was hit it towards the green and it rolled into a right front bunker.

“One of the worst places I could have been,” DeChambeau said. But he said his caddie, Greg Bodine, kept it simple.

“G-Bo just said, ‘Bryson, just put it up and down. That’s all you have to do. You’ve done this before. I’ve seen some crazy shots from you from 50 yards out of a bunker,” DeChambeau said.

During the trophy ceremony, the recording was played on a video screen.

“I still can’t believe that,” DeChambeau said.

Since winning the 2011 US Open at Congressional, McIlroy has seven top 10 finishes in this championship without a win. It’s been more than 100 years since someone did that so well without taking home the trophy.

DeChambeau becomes the second LIV Golf player to win a major, following Brooks Koepka at last year’s PGA Championship.

An image of Stewart’s famous pose was featured on the pin flag on the 18th, and DeChambeau donned a Stewart-inspired flat cap during the trophy presentation, later replacing it with his “Crushers” cap from LIV.

He finished at 6 under 274.

Patrick Cantlay hung on to this match all afternoon, failing to get the putts falling at the right time until he missed an 8-foot par putt on the 16th hole, ending his chances. He closed with a 70 and finished in third place with Tony Finau, who matched Sunday’s best with a 67 without ever having a serious chance of winning.

This is not the same DeChambeau who had become such a polarizing figure — a target of criticism for slow play and his feud with Brooks Koepka. In the sandhills of North Carolina, he had thousands at his side. He signed autographs during his rounds, interacted with fans and put on a great show.

And when it was over, he looked at the double-decker stands around the 18th and thousands circling the 18th green and invited them into his company.

“I want all of you somehow,” he said, pointing at them in all directions. “I want you to touch this trophy because I want you to experience what this feels like for me. You were part of this journey this week and I want you to be part of it for the after party.

DeChambeau was not flawless. He hit just five fairways, the fewest in the final round by a US Open champion since Angel Cabrera at Oakmont in 2007. He couldn’t escape trouble on the 12th, leading to a bogey that left him two shots behind. He had his first three-putt of the week at the worst time, on the 15th, falling short.

But at the end he showed the courage of a two-time US Open champion.

“The most impressive thing about Bryson isn’t that he hits the ball far. Everybody knows it,” said Matthieu Pavon, who played with DeChambeau and shot 71 to finish fifth. “I was amazed by the quality of the short game on 18. It is a masterclass.”

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Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy in the bunker after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy in the bunker after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after birdieing the 12th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 10th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after making a putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Bryson DeChambeau looks at his ball in the home zone on the 12th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after making a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Patrick Cantlay waves after making a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits from the bunker on the 12th hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Canada’s Corey Conners reacts after missing a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Bryson DeChambeau shows the trophy to fans after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Bryson DeChambeau holds the trophy in the bunker after winning the US Open golf tournament on Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, NC (AP Photo/Matt York)