American Bryson DeChambeau triumphs for the second time

The golfer from the LIV competition tour triumphs in a major tournament for the second time. DeChambeau squanders a lead of three strokes in the final round – but still triumphs.

Bryson DeChambeau holed the final putt from 119 centimeters to secure the tournament victory, thus concluding a golf Grand Slam tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina, that will be remembered.

The American initially lost a three-stroke lead in the final round. Then he triumphed after being two strokes behind. Before the last three holes, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was one stroke ahead. But McIlroy missed a short putt from 76 centimeters on the 16th green and on the 18th green he missed from 114 centimeters from the hole.

“In the end, my victory was certainly lucky because of Rory’s mistakes,” said Bryson DeChambeau. “But golf is a game in which luck and bad luck play a big role. You need an extraordinary amount of luck over four days to be able to win a tournament.”

Bryson DeChambeau also missed a putt from close range in the finish. But most importantly, on the last hole he managed to hit a shot from the sand bunker from a distance of 50 metres to within 119 cm of the flag. “I think that was the best golf shot of my life so far,” said DeChambeau afterwards. DeChambeau, known as an extremely long-distance hitter, won his second major title primarily thanks to finesse. Of course, the long tee shots helped him. But on the final round, DeChambeau only hit the fairway on 5 of 14 tee shots, which allows for an ideal onward play.

DeChambeau, the crowd favorite, enjoyed the victory at the end. Four years ago he won the US Open for the first time. At that time, only a handful of club members applauded him during the Covid pandemic. This time, a huge crowd of spectators accompanied the American on the final round.

Once again, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was the tragic figure in DeChambeau’s success. He was two strokes ahead before the last five holes. He had not let himself down on the greens during the entire tournament. But on the last three greens he made a mistake, first from 76 and then from 114 centimeters. McIlroy won four major tournaments as a young star from 2011 to 2014. Since then, he has been waiting a decade for the next Grand Slam title. He regularly performs at the biggest tournaments, taking top place after top place. At the 2024 US Open, he finished a major tournament in second place for the fourth time since his 4th major title (and for the second time this year).

“Rory McIlroy will win several more major tournaments, I have no doubt about that for a second,” said DeChambeau. “The fire that drives him will be even stronger after this US Open.” McIlroy made no further comment. He immediately left the facility through the back door as soon as DeChambeau’s victory was confirmed.

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