Bryson DeChambeau wins another US Open with a clutch finish to deny Rory McIlroy

Bryson DeChambeau of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Open for the second time Sunday with the best shot of his life for another memorable finish on the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 – and another heavy dose of sadness for Rory McIlroy.

In a wild final hour full of more blunders than brilliance, DeChambeau capped off a week of entertainment by going up and down from 55 yards out of a bunker, making a 4-foot par putt to finish with a 1-over-71.

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

Payne Stewart famously made a 15-foot par putt on the final hole in 1999 during the first U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, beating Phil Mickelson by one stroke. DeChambeau says he was inspired to attend SMU when he saw a mural of Stewart on campus.

The par putt wasn’t as long or as dramatic as Stewart’s in 1999. At least the celebration was 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.

McIlroy stood in the scoring room, devastated by another close call in a major.

This will thread. As much as this US Open will be remembered for DeChambeau’s beautiful bunker shot, McIlroy played a huge role by shockingly missing two short putts. the last from just within four feet for par on the last hole. He finished with a 69.

He looked like a winner for so long on Sunday, making four birdies around the turn in a five-hole stretch. He was a model of cool, the opposite of DeChambeau’s exuberance.

McIlroy had a two-shot lead when he walked to the 14th tee. The chants grew louder: “Ror-EE! Ror-EE!” and DeChambeau could hear them.

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.