GOLF: Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open


Bryson DeChambeau won the US Open for the second time this Sunday after beating Rory McIlroy by one stroke, extending the Northern Irishman's ten-year wait for a fifth major title.

The 30-year-old American, one of twelve players from the breakaway LIV Golf Championship among the 156 competitors, saw his three-shot lead collapse before rallying spectacularly over the final nine holes.

McIlroy missed two easy putts from within a meter on his last three holes, including a 70cm putt for par on the final hole. DeChambeau only needed a par on the last hole for the title which he did by making for his 3rd shot, a classic bunker exit followed by a 1,2m putt. His score of 71 this Sunday brings his total to six under par (-6) at the end of the 4 days of this major tournament.

DeChambeau said: “Rory is one of the best players of all time. Fighting against such a great player is quite special.” This victory for DeChambeau extends the series of American victories in the four major tournaments (Augusta Master, USGPA, US Open and British Open). As for Rory McIlroy, his failure in the last 4 holes which cost him his 5th major victory - the last dating back 10 years - is likely to haunt him for a very long time.

Note the excellent 5th place of our national locomotive Matthieu Pavon who could have claimed his first victory in a major tournament with more precise putting on this last day. It's only a postponement because the best French player today in 20th place in the world has had this goal in mind since he started golf at the age of 12. Next major tournament, the British Open, from July 18 to 21 in Scotland where he will have another opportunity to shine and win.

Golf France, a small nation in this discipline with just 400.000 licensees, is fully behind Matthieu Pavon, he who began to make her dream last January during his victory at the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA tour.


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