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The 2024 US Open Recap

Pinehurst, North Carolina – Bryson DeChambeau is your 2024 US Open Champion.  After a grueling week of tabletop greens and balls running off putting surfaces, the USGA has crowned its champion.

The storyline prior to Sunday’s final round was the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course conditions.  Players like Wyndham Clark mentioned how the greens were on edge prior to the start of tournament.  We even saw the grounds crew watering greens before the start of round one just to prevent them from becoming unplayable.  Despite the extra water, every round seemed to elicit highlights of players hitting greens, sometimes next to a pin and their balls rolling off into waste areas or back to the fairway.

World number one and arguably the week’s favorite to win Scottie Scheffler had trouble finding his way on the tricky greens.  He posted a first round over par of 71 followed by a second round without a single birdie.  Scottie went on to finish just outside the top 40, the first time he’s finished worse than top 25 in a major in over four years.  Tiger Woods was also in the field this week but missed the cut along with other fan favorites Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Viktor Hovland, and Max Homa.

The challenging conditions still sparked fireworks for those in the hunt though as Sunday’s final round saw some drama coming down the stretch.  The day started with a three stroke lead for LIV Golfer Bryson DeChambeau but that dwindled after a surge from Rory McIlroy when he birdied holes 9, 10, 12, and 13 to grab a two shot lead.  He followed that up with a bogeys on 15 and 16 to bring him back into a tie with Bryson.  Bryson had some difficulties of his own, not being able to convert anything on the front nine.  Bryson had two birdies on the back nine but countered them with bogeys.

With another major on the line, Rory missed a two footer to save par on his 72nd hole, dropping him out of a tie for the lead with Bryson.  Bryson also hit his tee ball left onto some roots, forcing a punch out to the greenside bunker.  The stage was set as he needed a par to win while a bogey would force a playoff.  DeChambeau stuck the bunker shot to three feet and made it for the US Open victory.  An absolute disaster ending for Rory but a gutsy win for Bryson that was filled with dramatics.  This is Bryson’s second major and US Open win.

In his post round interview, Bryson said the win is in honor of his late father on Father’s Day.  He also mentioned his golf idol and now fellow Pinehurst major winner, Payne Stewart was inspiration for the win.  A fitting end to a Father’s Sunday at the US Open.

Next week, the tour heads to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship where Keegan Bradley is the defending champion.

Bryson DeChambeau’s WITB:

Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5) (LA Golf Bryson Series)

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12) (LA Golf Bryson Series)

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees) (LA Golf Bryson Series)

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW) (LA Golf Bryson Series)

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60) (LA Golf Bryson Series)

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto (LA Golf C2L-180)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

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2 Comments

  1. While I enjoy watching pros play the US Open on courses like Pinehurst, I honestly don’t have any desire to play there. Getting punished for hitting good golf shots isn’t fun to me.

    • Matt Saternus

      There is no such thing as “punishing good shots.” If a shot does not get the result you want, it wasn’t the right shot for that situation or it wasn’t good enough.

      -Matt

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