DeChambeau: "I didn't want to finish second"

"Oh man, I didn't want to finish second again. The PGA really hurt me"

by Andrea Gussoni
DeChambeau: "I didn't want to finish second"
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Bryson DeChambeau emerged victorious in a thrilling battle with Rory McIlroy over the final nine holes of the last round, clinching the US Open by a single stroke on Sunday, as McIlroy endured further disappointment at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

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On the brink of ending a decade-long major drought, McIlroy faltered at the finish line with bogeys on three of his last four holes, including a heartbreaking miss on the 18th, where he failed to convert from inside four feet.

Meanwhile, DeChambeau, playing the final hole at even par, found the rough off the tee but held his nerve with a brilliant up-and-down to save par in a final round of one-over 71. This proved enough to secure the victory. Representing the LIV Golf, DeChambeau achieved a thrilling win with a six-under total of 274 strokes.

"Oh man, I didn't want to finish second again. The PGA really hurt me," said DeChambeau, the runner-up at last month's PGA Championship. "As heartbreaking as it is for some people, it was heartbreaking for me at the PGA. I really wanted this one.

When I turned the corner and saw I was one behind, I said, no, I'm not going to let that happen," acknowledged the champion. "I had a bit of luck. Rory missed a couple of putts he could have made. I had an incredible up-and-down on the last.

I don't know what else to say. It's a dream come true," added DeChambeau. McIlroy carded a final round 69 to finish alone in second, just one stroke ahead of Americans Patrick Cantlay (70) and Tony Finau (67). This marked DeChambeau's second major victory, following his win at the 2020 US Open.

Bryson DeChambeau is an American professional golfer known for his unique approach to the game, combining scientific principles with traditional golfing techniques. Here's an overview: Playing Style: DeChambeau is recognized for his analytical approach to golf, where he applies physics and biomechanics to optimize his swing mechanics and equipment.

He uses clubs that are all the same length, a method he believes provides more consistent ball-striking. Career Highlights: He gained significant attention early in his career for winning the NCAA individual championship and the US Amateur in 2015, becoming only the fifth player in history to achieve this double in the same year.

Professional Wins: DeChambeau's professional victories include multiple wins on the PGA Tour. His breakthrough major win came at the 2020 US Open, where he demonstrated his ability to manage a course with precision and power.

LIV Golf: DeChambeau is associated with LIV Golf, a league aimed at providing a competitive alternative to traditional golf tours, emphasizing player autonomy and fan engagement. Public Persona: Beyond his scientific approach to golf, DeChambeau has been a polarizing figure in the sport, often making headlines for his outspokenness and controversies.

Overall, Bryson DeChambeau's blend of scientific rigor and competitive success has made him a notable figure in the world of golf, influencing both the game's technical aspects and its broader cultural conversation.