Wyndham Clark after his 2023 U.S. Open victory. Jun 18, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Wyndham Clark holds the championship trophy after finishing first in the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Los Angeles Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Wyndham Clark came into the 2023 U.S. Open with just one victory on the PGA Tour, which came just last month at the Wells Fargo Championship. Many didn’t give him a chance with his lack of experience on the big stage, but a resilient final round on Sunday at Los Angeles Country Club led to his first major victory.

Clark came into the final round with a share of the lead alongside Rickie Fowler, who had been excellent all tournament, even setting the course record on Thursday with an opening round 62.

A number of fierce contenders also sat behind Clark heading into Sunday, including Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler sitting within three strokes of the lead.

Most would assume that Clark, the least experienced of the bunch, would be the one to fall back on Sunday. Instead, he stayed composed and sat atop the leaderboard for much of the day.

However, he did run into a ton of trouble throughout his round, most notably dropping strokes on both holes No. 15 and No. 16 with bogeys.

That cut his lead to one over McIlroy, who ultimately finished his tournament at -9. Clark had to score at least a par on each of the last two holes to take home the victory, which he managed to do impressively.

It’s obviously a monumental moment for Clark and a huge notch in his career resume, and many around the golf world congratulated him on social media.

The win is even more impressive when you consider Clark’s less-than-stellar resume at the U.S. Open heading into this event. He had only played the event twice, failing to make the cut in either appearance. With this win, he becomes just the fourth player in the last 100 years to win the U.S. Open during the week of their first made cut.

On top of the glory and satisfaction that comes with winning the U.S. Open, Clark also netted himself a fantastic payday with the win. Clark receives $3.6 million for the major championship win, which is more than he has received in three years on the PGA Tour.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.