Wyndham Clark holds nerve to claim US Open title

Home > Tours > The Majors > Wyndham Clark holds nerve to claim US Open title
Rory McIlroy misses out by a shot in Los Angeles as Clark wins his first major championship.
Posted on
June 19, 2023
The Editorial Team in , ,
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
US Open 2023 R4 - Wyndham Clark
Wyndham Clark celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the US Open (George Walker IV/AP)

American Wyndham Clark held his nerve to win his first major championship in the 123rd US Open as Rory McIlroy once again missed out on a fifth title.

Clark, a 120/1 outsider at the start of the week, carded a closing 70 at Los Angeles Country Club to finish 10 under par, a shot ahead of McIlroy.

McIlroy’s only birdie of his own 70 came on the opening hole and his sole bogey on the 14th helped give Clark the breathing space he needed to complete a hard-fought but deserved victory.

The world number 32 only won his first PGA Tour title last month and had missed the cut in his previous two US Opens, while his best finish in any major was a tie for 75th in the 2021 US PGA.

In contrast, McIlroy has now recorded 19 top-10 finishes since winning the last of his four majors in the 2014 US PGA – a month after claiming the Open at Royal Liverpool, footage of which had influenced his somewhat conservative approach this week.

Starting the final round a shot off the lead, McIlroy made the ideal start with a two-putt birdie on the first and Clark did likewise, only for the American to three-putt the second.

Clark hit a superb approach to the par-three fourth and converted the birdie putt from five feet, before picking up another shot on the short sixth.

McIlroy missed from four feet for birdie on the par-five eighth, seemingly opening the door for Clark to extend his lead in the group behind.

Wyndham Clark
Wyndham Clark hits from the rough on the eighth hole during the final round of the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club (George Walker IV/AP)

But Clark found a bad lie in the tall rough with his approach and needed two attempts to escape before getting up and down from the back of the green to drop just one shot.

Another shot looked likely to go when Clark missed the ninth green and was faced with an awkward shot from the bank of a bunker, but he cleverly played beyond the flag and utilised the contours of the green to draw the ball back to seven feet and save par.

A flop shot Phil Mickelson would have been proud of ensured Clark also saved par on the 11th and he increased his lead when McIlroy’s run of 12 pars ended with a bogey on the 14th.

McIlroy was perhaps fortunate to get a free drop when his approach became embedded in the face of a greenside bunker, but he was unable to get up and down for par.

Clark then struck a brilliant approach on to the green from 282 yards and two-putted for birdie from 20 feet to extend his lead to three.

That cushion was short-lived as Clark bogeyed the par-three 15th and then found sand off the tee on the next as McIlroy crucially holed from seven feet for par up ahead.

With no chance of reaching the green, Clark laid up into the fairway before hitting a superb third to seven feet, only to miss the par putt.

But with McIlroy unable to find a birdie to increase the pressure, Clark bravely parred the last two holes to seal the win.

World number one Scottie Scheffler finished two shots behind McIlroy in third, with Open champion Cameron Smith fourth and Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler and Min Woo Lee sharing fifth.

Fleetwood had earlier come agonisingly close to making major championship history after carding a stunning closing 63, the Ryder Cup star missing from five feet for birdie on the 18th.

That would have seen Fleetwood shoot the first 62 in the final round of a major, the record having been set by Branden Grace in the third round of the 2017 Open and equalled by Rickie Fowler and Xander Schauffele on Thursday.

It is the second time Fleetwood has carded a 63 in the final round of the US Open – he also missed a short putt for a 62 at Shinnecock Hills in 2018 and finished a shot behind Brooks Koepka.

“Missed a six-footer on the first (for birdie), missed a five-footer on the last, and then everything in between was really, really good,” Fleetwood said with a smile when asked to sum up his round.

“I just need to be higher up the leaderboard coming into Sunday and then have another day like today.”

Asked about being the only player to shoot two closing 63s in the US Open, Fleetwood added: “It’s a nice little piece of history, of course, it is.

“And you can be disappointed with what I didn’t get out of today, but I think having something like that and shooting multiple 63s in a major, anything you can put in the memory bank and know your game can stand up on a major golf course and shoot low scores is really nice to have.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1R2R3R4Total
1Wyndham Clark-1064676970270
2Rory McIlroy-965676970271
3Scottie Scheffler-767686870273
4Cameron Smith-669677167274
T5Tommy Fleetwood-573697063275
T5Min Woo Lee-569657467275
T5Rickie Fowler-562687075275
T8Tom Kim-473686669276
T8Harris English-467667172276
T10Austin Eckroat-371687365277
T10Jon Rahm-369737065277
T10Xander Schauffele-362707372277
T10Dustin Johnson-364707172277
T14Russell Henley-271716868278
T14Collin Morikawa-271696969278
T14Patrick Cantlay-271716769278
T17Brooks Koepka-171697069279
T17Matt Fitzpatrick-171706870279
19Viktor HovlandPar69706972280
T20Jordan Smith+170717466281
T20Nick Hardy+170697567281
T20Denny McCarthy+171677370281
T20Keith Mitchell+168717171281
T20Shane Lowry+172706871281
T20Bryson DeChambeau+167726874281
T20Ryutaro Nagano+171676875281
T27Sahith Theegala+274667369282
T27Sergio Garcia+270717170282
T27Justin Suh+269697272282
T27Tyrrell Hatton+274676972282
T27Padraig Harrington+273696773282
T32Dylan Wu+368707372283
T32Patrick Rodgers+371697172283
T32Sam Burns+369707173283
T32Joaquin Niemann+368727073283
T32Cameron Young+372706873283
T32Tony Finau+368697274283
T32Hideki Matsuyama+372696775283
T39David Puig+469737567284
T39Gordon Sargent(a)+469717569284
T39Eric Cole+469707174284
T39Si Woo Kim+467727174284
T43Sam Bennett+567687971285
T43Andrew Putnam+568717373285
T43Sam Stevens+575677073285
T43Billy Horschel+573677174285
T43Ryan Fox+568746974285
T43Brian Harman+565737275285
T49Mackenzie Hughes+667737571286
T49Sebastián Muñoz+668747272286
T49Charley Hoffman+671677573286
T49Kevin Streelman+672697174286
T49Gary Woodland+670687375286
T54Romain Langasque+771687771287
T54Abraham Ancer+770727471287
T56Patrick Reed+872697869288
T56Ryan Gerard+869707673288
58Yuto Katsuragawa+969717574289
59Adam Hadwin+1170727475291
T60Jacob Solomon+1268737774292
T60Adam Svensson+1271707774292
62Ben Carr(a)+1370727576293
63Ryo Ishikawa+1469737874294
64Aldrich Potgieter(a)+1570727479295
65Maxwell Moldovan(a)+1771717679297
CUTNico Echavarria+37271--143
CUTVincent Norrman+37073--143
CUTThriston Lawrence+37073--143
CUTPhil Mickelson+36974--143
CUTAdrian Meronk+37073--143
CUTMito Pereira+37172--143
CUTAlex Noren+36875--143
CUTJordan Spieth+37271--143
CUTDavis Thompson+37271--143
CUTTaylor Moore+37172--143
CUTPatrick Cover+37073--143
CUTPaul Barjon+36776--143
CUTKyle Mueller+37667--143
CUTAndy Svoboda+37073--143
CUTSimon Forsström+47173--144
CUTAdam Schenk+47569--144
CUTChris Kirk+47173--144
CUTNick Taylor+47272--144
CUTJ.J. Grey+47173--144
CUTThomas Pieters+47173--144
CUTTom Hoge+47272--144
CUTSepp Straka+47074--144
CUTJustin Rose+47668--144
CUTCorey Conners+47074--144
CUTMax Homa+46876--144
CUTSeamus Power+47272--144
CUTRoss Fisher+57372--145
CUTTaylor Pendrith+57273--145
CUTWilco Nienaber+57570--145
CUTEmiliano Grillo+57471--145
CUTKurt Kitayama+57570--145
CUTAusten Truslow+57273--145
CUTDeon Germishuys+57273--145
CUTScott Stallings+57174--145
CUTLucas Herbert+57075--145
CUTRoger Sloan+57273--145
CUTFrancesco Molinari+57273--145
CUTJ.T. Poston+57471--145
CUTAdam Scott+57372--145
CUTStewart Cink+57075--145
CUTMac Meissner+57075--145
CUTBarclay Brown(a)+57174--145
CUTBrent Grant+67274--146
CUTLuke List+67571--146
CUTKeegan Bradley+67274--146
CUTTaylor Montgomery+67175--146
CUTPreston Summerhays(a)+67373--146
CUTSungjae Im+67175--146
CUTMatt Kuchar+67274--146
CUTMartin Kaymer+67373--146
CUTMichael Thorbjornsen(a)+67472--146
CUTJordan Gumberg+67274--146
CUTBastien Amat(a)+67373--146
CUTAlejandro Del Rey+76879--147
CUTDavid Nyfjall+77374--147
CUTOlin Browne Jr.+77572--147
CUTCorey Pereira+77176--147
CUTMichael Kim+77473--147
CUTJens Dantorp+77473--147
CUTRyan Armour+77473--147
CUTGunn Charoenkul+77374--147
CUTJesse Schutte+77275--147
CUTNick Dunlap(a)+87771--148
CUTMateo Fernandez de Oliveira(a)+87474--148
CUTPablo Larrazabal+87177--148
CUTK.H. Lee+87375--148
CUTPaul Haley II+97376--149
CUTCarlos Ortiz+97673--149
CUTKarl Vilips(a)+97475--149
CUTChristian Cavaliere(a)+97277--149
CUTOmar Morales(a)+97178--149
CUTWenyi Ding(a)+97277--149
CUTMichael Brennan(a)+97475--149
CUTMatthieu Pavon+97178--149
CUTJason Day+97376--149
CUTBerry Henson+107476--150
CUTCarson Young+107476--150
CUTAaron Wise+107971--150
CUTVictor Perez+117675--151
CUTCam Davis+117279--151
CUTFrankie Capan III+117873--151
CUTAlex Schaake+117774--151
CUTHayden Buckley+117774--151
CUTMatthew McClean(a)+117378--151
CUTJoel Dahmen+127478--152
CUTAlexander Yang(a)+137974--153
CUTIsaac Simmons(a)+147777--154
CUTJustin Thomas+147381--154
CUTDavid Horsey+167779--156
CUTBrendan Valdes(a)+167878--156
CUTHank Lebioda+207783--160
The Editorial Team Avatar

About The Editorial Team

The editorial team at Golf Today strives to provide readers with captivating content that celebrates the rich heritage and exciting developments in the world of golf. Their collective expertise and dedication ensure that Golf Today remains a premier destination for golf enthusiasts seeking the latest news, insightful analysis, and engaging stories from the world of golf.

Read Next

TPC Sawgrass: A Guide to the 2024 Players Championship

One of the biggest events in golf each year - The Players Tournament at TPC Sawgrass is eagerly awaited with the world's best players featuring
Mexico Open Golf

Strong finish gives Matt Wallace a share of halfway lead in Mexico

The Englishman played his last nine holes in 30 as he moved to 11-under-par.
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram