Rory McIlroy 'will be haunted for the rest of his life' by late US Open collapse

Photo showing Rory McIlroy reacting to his bogey at the 18th
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Six-times major winner Sir Nick Faldo says Rory McIlroy will be 'haunted for the rest of his life' by his late collapse at the US Open. McIlroy held a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau with five holes to play, but carded three bogeys in his last four holes to miss out.

It is 10 years since the Holywood golfer won his fourth and last major, and his wait to an elusive fifth is set to continue following a dramatic day at Pinehurst.

McIlroy's error-strewn finish allowed DeChambeau to clinch a one-shot victory, and lift the US Open title for the second time in his career. And the American earned it with a superb up-and-down on the 72nd and final hole to save par.

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Two of McIlroy's bogeys were particularly devastating, missing two short putts for par - including one on the 18th.

Commentating for Sky Sports, Faldo couldn't believe McIlroy's par miss on the final hole. He said: “My goodness. He knew it. I don't think he saw that putt going in.

"Bryson might let him off the hook, or that’s going to haunt Rory for the rest of his life, those two misses.

"After making those beauties all day. He made four or five beautiful putts."

Reflecting on McIlroy's missed putts, Dame Laura Davies told Sky Sports: "It is inexplicable. The first one is a tap in. It just shows how hard it is to win a golf tournament, let alone the US Open which is one of the hardest tests around. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way in the end.

"Will it hurt him? It really could do because it is such a disappointing loss. We all thought he had it. Bryson came back at Rory and put the pressure back on.

"He can take a lot of heart after getting in position again (to win). He will win another major. But this will be hard to take for him, I'm sure."

Wayne Riley added: "Look, Rory has been in these situations before. He was really upset at the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits and bounced right back. He is a tough cookie. You don't get to where he is and not be tough. He will get on with it.

"But it was (major win) number five, wasn't it? He had it right there and it just slipped through his fingers."

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