A brief look at the final round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — A brief look at the final round Sunday in the U.S. Open:

THE VICTOR: Bryson DeChambeau got up-and-down from a bunker at the last hole for a 1-over 71 that left him 6 under for the championship. Rory McIlroy missed two short putts over the final three holes to finish a shot back.

THE SPOILS: DeChambeau earned $4.3 million — more than he gets winning a LIV event — from a record $21.5 million purse.

THE RUNNER-UP: McIlroy was runner-up for the second straight year at the U.S. Open. He also has finished second at the Masters in 2022 and tied for second at the British Open in 2018 since his his last major title in 2014 at Valhalla.

SUNDAY CHARGES: Tony Finau and Russell Henley had the low rounds of the day with 67s. Finau climbed into a tie for third with Patrick Cantlay at 4 under, while Henley finished in a tie for seventh at 1 under.

SHOT OF THE DAY: DeChambeau was in the bunker short of the green on 18 when he splashed out to less than 4 feet. He called it “overall probably the best shot of my life.” He made the par putt to win his second U.S. Open

WORLD NO. 1: Scottie Scheffler finished all four rounds over par at a major championship for the first time in his career. He had four birdies all week and finished tied for 41st at 8-over par.

KEY STATISTIC: McIlroy did not miss a putt under 4 feet over his first 69 holes. He missed two in the last three.

NOTEWORHTY: DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka as the only players since at least World War II to win the U.S. Open more than once at the age of 30 or younger.

QUOTEWORTHY: “I’m just passionate. I really care about doing well out here and showing the fans a side of me that was locked up for so long.” — DeChambeau on the way fans supported him throughout the week in North Carolina.

NEXT YEAR: The U.S. Open heads to Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.


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