Clark held off Rory McIlroy to a one-time win at the Los Angeles Country Club.
LOS ANGELES – Wyndham Clark always carries messages from his late mother to “play big.” There’s nothing better than Sunday when he held Rory McIlroy with one punch after another to become the US Open champion.
The final act was two shots from 60 feet away on the 18th hole at the Los Angeles Country Club, and Clark, 29, threw his fist when it was a foot away. He scored that goal with an even score of 70 and a one-shot win over McIlroy and so many other stars.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler couldn’t keep up with him. Neither British Open champion Cameron Smith or Rickie Fowler, who played in the final group for the third time in a major and watched Clark’s stellar performance, play for the third time over the weekend in a tournament. big.
In the end, Clark vented his emotions, looking up at the blue sky in tears and covering his face with his cap as he sobbed against the blue sky.
He was thinking about quitting golf when he struggled 10 years ago with his mother, Lise, passing away from breast cancer. He didn’t qualify for majors until two years ago. And now he’s on two wins in six weeks, with more important moments to come.
For McIlroy, it was a bigger disappointment. He opened with a birdie and didn’t score another for the rest of the day. He managed when Clark began to falter, even though McIlroy missed the fairway and couldn’t make a hit, similar to last summer’s British Open in St. Andrews. He ends up with 70.