US Open: Rory McIlroy's Nightmare Finish as Bryson DeChambeau Wins His Second Major

Introduction

The 144th US Open ended in dramatic fashion with Bryson DeChambeau winning his second major title, despite a late charge from Rory McIlroy.

The day started with DeChambeau tied for the lead with overnight hero Russell Henley. McIlroy and Jon Rahm were two back, with the remainder of the field bunched close behind.

On a difficult Pinehurst course, which punished wayward shots, DeChambeau's overnight tie remained unchanged through seven holes. However, a remarkable up-and-down from a bunker on the eighth sparked him into life.

The American took the lead on his own with a birdie on the 10th, before McIlroy began his charge. The Northern Irishman equalised with a birdie on the 12th and then moved ahead with a magnificent putt on the 13th.

A bogey from DeChambeau on the 12th ensured the pair were tied again, before McIlroy took the lead again with a brilliant approach on the 14th. Yet another bogey from DeChambeau on the 14th meant the pair were tied again heading into the final four holes.

What a final four holes it was. McIlroy missed a three-foot putt on the 16th before making a bogey. Then, with DeChambeau in a fairway bunker on the 18th, he produced a magnificent shot to set up a par and a 72. A second US Open title, and the first of many, according to DeChambeau.

Meanwhile, McIlroy's 10-year major drought continues. Let's hope not for much longer.

Aftermath

DeChambeau spoke to the media after his round and reflected on his victory:

I can't believe that up and down on the last, that was probably the best shot of my life. I haven't really let it sink in yet. It's amazing. To pull it off on Sunday. To pull it off on 18 to win the US Open. I'm thrilled.

McIlroy, meanwhile, left the course without speaking to the media. A devastated figure, his five-under par round was not enough for his first major title in 10 years.

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