2023 US Open: Wyndham Clark Wins His 1st Major Title

2023 US Open: Wyndham Clark Wins His 1st Major Title

After entering the final handful of holes with a three-stroke lead, Wyndham Clark left the door open for Rory McIlroy after carding back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17. Here the 2023 US Open Recap!

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McIlroy, however, couldn’t make a birdie putt when it counted. Clark then settled down to par 17 and 18 to win the 2023 US Open at Los Angeles Country Club by one stroke over the Northern Irishman.

Clark, 29, entered the final round with a share of the 54-hole lead with Rickie Fowler. After shooting a U.S. Open record 62 on Thursday, Fowler hung on to the lead over the next two days but struggled with a 75 on Sunday to finish tied for fifth.

Clark, meanwhile, had no such issues. The late bogeys led him to shoot an even-par 70 on Sunday, but it was enough for his first major win and second PGA Tour win of his career after winning the Wells Fargo Championship just a month ago. He now sits fourth in the FedEx Cup point standings.

“You know, this is now my second win on the PGA Tour and first one was surreal and this one is surreal. It hasn’t quite hit me yet. Walking up 18 was pretty emotional, and then finishing,” Clark said. “But yeah, it’s been a whirlwind of the last five, six weeks. It’s been – just so blessed and humbled to be here.”

The pressure was on for Clark, who knew he had to par the 18th hole to avoid a playoff with McIlroy. The fans were allowed to circle the green once Clark and Fowler reached. Clark looked back briefly at the scene before lining up his putt.

His 60-foot birdie putt came within a few feet of the hole, and he won the championship after a tap-in for par.

For McIlroy, he hit plenty of greens but was unable to sink a birdie when it counted. After a birdie on the first hole, McIlroy was 15 of 17 on greens in regulation but could not convert a single one into a birdie. It was reminiscent of last year’s Open Championship, when he made all 18 greens in regulation but took 36 putts and lost to Cameron Smith.

“The more I keep putting myself in these positions, sooner or later it’s going to happen for me. Just got to regroup and get focused for Hoylake in a few weeks’ time. I would go through 100 Sundays like this to get my hands on another major championship,” said McIlroy, whose last major win came at the Open Championship in 2014.

Finishing third was Scottie Scheffler and was followed by Smith in fourth at -6. After falling in a playoff last week, Tommy Fleetwood shot a 63 on Sunday to charge up to fifth, where he was tied with Fowler and Min Woo Lee. Tom Kim and Harris English tied for eighth while Jon Rahm, Schauffele, Dustin Johnson, and Austin Eckroat tied for 10th.

PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and defending U.S. Open champ Matt Fitzpatrick tied for 17th.

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There will be no rest for Clark or the other top stars on the PGA Tour, as another “Designated Event” awaits. They’ll travel cross-country to Cromwell, Connecticut, for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Xander Schauffele is the defending champion.

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