DeChambeau Wins U.S. Open as McIlroy Crumbles

Bryson DeChambeau secured the U.S. Open Sunday after an exciting final-round duel, defeating Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland by a shot at the Pinehurst resort in North Carolina. DeChambeau kept his nerve and made par at the 18th, playing brilliant up-and-down from the rough. McIlroy made a dogged charge but fell short at the finish. He bogeyed three of his last four holes, including a miss from inside four feet on the 18th. His final round of 69 left him well adrift in solitary second, a shot ahead of Americans Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau.

DeChambeau, beginning the day three shots clear, found himself trailing McIlroy by two with five holes to play, but a clutch birdie at the 13th kept him in contention. The putting woes of McIlroy paved the way for DeChambeau, who gained his second career major win at six-under 274. DeChambeau confessed relief after a string of second-place finishes, which included last month’s PGA Championship, saying he was so resolute not to waste such an opportunity again. He confessed he was a bit fortunate as he watched McIlroy miss critical putts down the stretch. His final round of one-over 71 proved good enough in a heart-stopping win.