Golfer Clark wins US Open: ‘I felt it was my time’

AOutsider Wyndham Clark withstood pressure from golf star Rory McIlroy to win the US Open and his first major tournament in a single stroke. The 29-year-old from Denver landed 70 of 270 rounds on the final day at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday (local time).

He finished the tournament ten strokes under par and ended the success with the last stroke. “This is my second PGA Tour win. The first was surreal, and the second is also surreal,” said Clark. He won the Wells Fargo championship only in early May and thus qualified for the US Open, placing in the top 60 in the world rankings.

At an awards ceremony in front of the low sun in southern California, Clark remembered his mother, who had died of breast cancer. “It seemed to me that my mother was looking at me. She can’t be here. I miss you mom,” he said. “I felt it was my time.”

“The whole day was difficult”

McIlroy also played the ’70s round, missing some good chances for a second bird after the one on lane one to start the day. Several shots on the green missed the hole by just inches. The Northern Irishman won the US Open in 2011 and waited nine years for the fifth major title of his career.

“All day it was difficult to get the ball to the hole. I fought to the end and did not quite cope with my task, ”McIlroy said. “But like I said, I’ll be back until I get it done.”

Third place went to the first racket of the world Scotty Sheffler. He also played a round of the 70s to finish in Los Angeles. Ricky Fowler, who had been in the lead for the first three days, dropped five laps above par to tied for fifth place. The only German competitor, Martin Kaimer, fell short after two rounds of 73 on Thursday and Friday.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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