Bryson DeChambeau wins another U.S. Open with a clutch finish to deny Rory McIlroy

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

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

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after a birdie on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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

“That's Payne right there, baby!” DeChambeau screamed as he walked off the 18th green.

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

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the fairway on the 10th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt York)

This was as much about a blown opportunity for McIlroy.

Trying to end 10 years without a major, he led by two shots when he stood on the 14th tee. McIlroy still led by one shot until he missed a 30-inch par putt on the 16th hole. And then on the closing hole, he pitched to just inside 4 feet, only to miss the par putt.

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after a putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

He was watching from the scoring room as DeChambeau escaped from an awful lie left of the fairway, punching into the fairway, and expertly hitting the long bunker shot that rolled out on the crispy green to set up the winning putt.

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau looks at his ball in the native area on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

McIlroy spun his tires in the gravel as he left quickly.

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Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Corey Conners, of Canada, reacts after missing a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Matt York)

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits from the bunker on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Patrick Cantlay waves after making a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

bryson dechambeau wins another u.s. open with a clutch finish to deny rory mcilroy

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after a putt on the eighth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2024, in Pinehurst, N.C. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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