Bryson DeChambeau Wins 2024 U.S. Open, McIlroy falters on final holes: video highlights

A dramatic closing stretch sees Bryson DeChambeau win another major after a heart-breaking finish from Rory McIlroy.

Bryson DeChambeau claimed his second U.S. Open title at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s No. 2 course on Sunday. DeChambeau secured the victory with a crucial up-and-down par on the 72nd hole, reminiscent of Payne Stewart’s iconic 18-footer in 1999.

After Rory McIlroy squandered a two-stroke lead with three bogeys in his final four holes, DeChambeau needed a par at the 18th hole to claim his second U.S. Open championship played.

Having only found five fairways for the day, DeChameabu hooked another drive left in the closing hole and could only pitch out into the bunker.  His sand save from 54 yards set up was later described as “the shot of my life”. The four-foot putt was holed and the 30-year-old Texan won by one stroke.

The final round was a dramatic showdown. McIlroy started strong, converting a 21-foot birdie putt on the first hole and making three more birdies in a five-hole stretch from the 9th to the 13th. However, the closing holes proved challenging. McIlroy, who had been 50 for 50 on putts inside five feet throughout the week, missed critical short putts that could have secured his fifth major title.

Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau tied for third place at 4-under 276, with Hideki Matsuyama finishing sixth at 2-under 278. Russell Henley and Xander Schauffele tied for seventh at 1-under 279. Despite McIlroy’s strong performance early in the round, his struggles on the final holes extended his major championship drought, now spanning ten years since his last victory.

DeChambeau’s triumph at Pinehurst marks a significant milestone in his career, following his move to the LIV Golf circuit in 2022 and a transformative period focused on improving his physical fitness and adapting his game.

“I’m so happy I got that shot up-and-down on 18. I didn’t want to finish second again. PGA really stung. Xander [Schauffele] played magnificent. I wanted to get this one done, especially at such a special place that means so much to me,” DeChambau said.

“When I turned the corner and saw I was a couple back, I said, ‘Nope, I’m not going to let that happen.’ I have to focus on figuring out how to make this happen. I was a little lucky. Rory didn’t make a couple putts that he could have coming in. I had an amazing up-and-down on the last. I don’t know what else to say. It’s a dream come true.”

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