Wyndham Clark outlasts Rory McIlroy to win 2023 U.S. Open title

Brand new location. Brand new winner.

Wyndham Clark, little more than a month away from his maiden PGA Tour win, held off veteran Rory McIlroy on Sunday to secure the inaugural US Open at the Los Angeles Country Club.

Both Clark and McIlroy hit steady par 70 shots and maintained their positions early in the day.

McIlroy, a four-time Major winner, has been in the hunt for No. 5 for nine years but was rejected again. His winning streak has reached 33 majors, but McIlroy has been close in many of them, finishing in the top 10 19 times.

The 29-year-old Clark wobbled a little on the North Course back nine with three consecutive bogeys, but McIlroy wasn’t enough to catch him. Curiously, Clark won despite being the only player to bowl the par 3 on the 15th hole all day.

Nobody played a round without a bogey on Sunday, but McIlroy was close. He birdied on the first hole and then made saves until he missed a 10-foot comeback on the 14th.

This was Clark’s seventh appearance at a Major, with his best result previously being a tie in 75th place at the 2021 PGA Championship.

Clark’s first tour win came on May 7 at the Wells Fargo Championship. Coincidentally, McIlroy also celebrated his first tour win at Wells Fargo in 2010.

Scottie Scheffler, the world’s best player, finished third with seven under par.

Rickie Fowler, who started Sunday level with Clark at 10-under, slipped back with a 75 despite posting a major championship record with 23 birdies over the four days.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emma@ustimespost.com.

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