The 2023 US Open Recap

Los Angeles, California – As the sun set over Los Angeles Country Club, Wyndham Clark emerged as the 2023 US Open champion.  Wyndham Clark’s second ever PGA Tour victory is the season’s third major.

Wyndham Clark is a six year pro who had a lot of close chances at but never was able to seal the deal until this year.  The Denver native managed to win the Well Fargo just one month ago and his good play carried over to this week in LA with opening rounds of 64 and 67.  Despite those stellar first two rounds, Clark never had a lead until late Saturday night when he and Rickie Fowler were tied at 10 under par.  Rickie had missed a short 2 footer for par on his 54th hole to drop back and placed the two in the final group on Sunday.

Clark started off fast by birdieing three of his first six holes to gain a four shot lead on his playing partner.  As Rickie faded, another contender emerged in the second spot in Rory McIlroy.  Coming down the back nine, it was Rory who pushed Wyndham the most.   Rory’s lone birdie was on the first hole with all pars through 13 holes.  Rory missed a lot of makeable putts inside 15 feet but only made his first bogey at the par five 14th hole.  Wyndham started to stumble a bit as well as he bogeyed both hole 15 and 16 before righting the ship and making pars at both 17 and 18.  Rory never challenged him after that while Clark gave himself a two putt par at the 72nd hole which secured the win.

Although the third major brings out the best in many golfers, the US Open can also challenge the best in the world past their breaking point.  Justin Thomas missed the cut with his highest round ever on the PGA Tour, carding a second round 81.  Jordan Spieth, Max Homa, and Justin Rose also all missed the cut at 2 over par.

Next week, the PGA Tour schedule resumes in Cromwell, Connecticut at TPC River Highlands for The Traveler’s Championship.

Wyndham Clark What’s In The Bag

Driver: Titleist TSi3 9° (Accra TZ Six ST 60 M5)

3 Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 15° (Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX)

Irons: Titleist T200 (3), Titleist 620 CB (4-9) (Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw White 100HY X, True Temper Dynamic Gold X7)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 46°-10F, 52°-12F, 56°-10S, Vokey Design WedgeWorks 60°-A (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)

Putter: Odyssey Jailbird Versa

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Zack Buechner

Zack has been a contributor at Plugged In Golf since 2018. Zack has worked in healthcare for over 12 years and currently works from home in health care technology. His previous work experience includes stints in the NFL, NCAA D-1 athletics, and PGA Tour Champions. Zack lives in southern Connecticut with his wife Ashley and their 2 children (Beau (5) & Lunden (1)) and their dog. Although he only started playing golf after college, Zack is passionate for the game and the journey to getting better while regularly participating in state and national amateur events all across the northeast.

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