Bryson DeChambeau’s Dominant Victory at the US Open

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June 18, 2024

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Bryson DeChambeau edges out Rory McIlroy to win the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

In a stunning display of power and precision, Bryson DeChambeau captured the US Open title, marking a significant milestone in his career and solidifying his reputation as one of golf’s most formidable players. Held at Pinehurst No. 2, the tournament witnessed intense competition, dramatic moments, and standout performances that will be remembered for years to come.

DeChambeau’s victory was not just about the final score; it was a testament to his unconventional approach to the game. Known for his scientific and data-driven techniques, DeChambeau’s strategy paid off in spectacular fashion. His powerful drives and meticulous attention to detail allowed him to navigate the challenging course with skill and confidence, finishing with a six-under-par 274. Despite missing numerous fairways on Sunday, DeChambeau’s exceptional recovery shots kept him in contention and ultimately secured his victory. His ability to scramble and save par from difficult positions was nothing short of remarkable.

Pinehurst No. 2 is renowned for its difficult layout, featuring narrow fairways, thick rough, and undulating greens. The course demands precision and strategic play, and it was in full form during the US Open. The challenging conditions tested every aspect of the players’ games, making DeChambeau’s triumph even more impressive. The final day saw gusty winds and firm greens, which added an extra layer of difficulty to the already demanding course.

Reflecting on his victory, DeChambeau said, “I’ve always believed that there are better ways to do things, and I’ve tried to challenge the conventional wisdom of golf. Today, it all came together, and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. This win is a testament to hard work, dedication, and the willingness to think differently.”

The 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday turned LIV Golf League captain Bryson DeChambeau into a US Open champion again and left Rory McIlroy still trying to end his nearly 10-year drought without a major championship victory after arguably the most heartbreaking near-miss of his career. McIlroy’s exceptional performance kept fans on the edge of their seats. However, his missed short putts on crucial holes proved costly, preventing him from overtaking DeChambeau and clinching the title. Despite falling short of the win, McIlroy’s performance was nothing short of impressive, proving once again why he remains a top contender in the sport.

After watching McIlroy inexplicably miss a short par putt for the second time in three holes on the 18th, DeChambeau hit a difficult punch shot from near a tree root in the native area and into a bunker across the fairway. From 55 yards away, he chipped to about 4 feet and sunk a par putt to finish 6 under, one shot better than McIlroy. DeChambeau called his chip out of the bunker on the 18th hole the "best shot of my life." 

McIlroy watched DeChambeau's winning putt on TV in the scorer's room. He sped out of the players' parking lot in a courtesy SUV less than 10 minutes later. He didn't talk to the media. DeChambeau expressed his respect for McIlroy, saying, "Rory is one of the best to ever play. Being able to fight against a great like that is pretty special. For him to miss that putt, I'd never wish it on anybody. It just happened to play out that way."

As DeChambeau walked off the 18th green as a two-time US Open champion, he screamed, "That's Payne right there, baby!" He was referring to Payne Stewart, who defeated Phil Mickelson by 1 stroke with a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole of the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Stewart died in a plane crash on Oct. 25, 1999. DeChambeau said seeing a mural of Stewart was one of the reasons he decided to attend SMU.

The 2024 US Open was filled with unforgettable moments that added to the drama and excitement of the tournament. DeChambeau’s innovative approach, combining science and athleticism, is inspiring a new generation of golfers to think outside the box. His triumph is a reminder that the game is constantly evolving, and those willing to push the boundaries can achieve greatness.