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Bryson DeChambeau won the US Open. © APA / GREGORY SHAMUS

US Open: McIlroy misses, DeChambeau wins

Bryson DeChambeau has won the US Open for the second time in his career, relegating Northern Ireland's golf star Rory McIlroy to second place by one stroke.

The 30-year-old American and the four-time major winner stumbled on the last holes, keeping things exciting until the end. McIlroy lost a two-stroke lead on the last five holes and finished the tournament with a 69-stroke score after a round of 275. DeChambeau's round of 71 was enough for his second US Open victory after his previous success in 2020. He earns his money on the controversial LIV tour, which is financed by Saudi Arabia. McIlroy has been waiting for the fifth major victory of his career since 2014.

After the victory, DeChambeau thought of his late father. "Happy Father's Day to every father out there. Unfortunately, my dad died a few years ago. This is for him," he said. At his first and so far last victory in 2020, no spectators were allowed to attend because of the corona pandemic. Now DeChambeau sought a connection with the audience, repeatedly called for applause and triggered huge cheers in the stands of the difficult par-70 Pinehurst No.2 course with his converted putt. "I can't thank you enough for the support, it meant the world to me," he emphasized in the winner's interview.

McIlroy's nerves are fluttering

McIlroy, on the other hand, quickly disappeared from the scene. He had not allowed himself to make any mistakes on the green throughout the tournament - but then he missed twice from close range on the final holes. On the 14th hole he was still two strokes ahead and on hole 16 he was still one stroke ahead when he missed the hole from less than a meter. It was only because DeChambeau made several small errors that McIlroy had any hope of reaching the end. On the final hole he hit his tee shot into the weeds himself, but skilfully extricated himself from the predicament, only to miss again from about 80 centimeters away.

Struggled: Rory McIlroy © APA / JARED C. TILTON

World number one Scottie Scheffler from the USA, who has been playing so outstandingly recently, only finished in joint 41st place. The 48-year-old US superstar Tiger Woods missed the cut after just two days and was eliminated early.

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