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US Open review: Wyndham Clark outlasts stars to win first Major

It was another nerve-jangling end to a US Open on Sunday and it proved to be a memorable one for Wyndham Clark, who claimed a one-shot victory for his maiden Major title.

Although Los Angeles Country Club was not loved by everyone competing, there was still plenty of thrills and spills over four days of intense competition in California.

Clark, who started the final round tied for the lead on -10 alongside Rickie Fowler, signed for a level-par 70 and that turned out to be enough to end up one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy.

Having digested everything that went on in LA, here are five things we have learnt from the tournament.

Clark is the real deal

After turning professional back in 2017, there were some doubts as to whether Wyndham Clark would ever get off the mark on the PGA Tour, given the fact he was still searching for his maiden title heading into May this year.

However, the American broke his duck at the Wells Fargo Championship and this victory certainly gave him the confidence boost required to take the next step in his career, as a first Major followed just three starts later.

The fact the 29-year-old held off the likes of Northern Irishman McIIroy, world number one Scottie Scheffler and reigning Open champion Cameron Smith, proves that he belongs at this level. He is +3300 to follow up in the year's final Major next month.

Clark is now up to a career-high 13th in the world rankings, while he is 10th in the USA's standings for the Ryder Cup later this year and is right in the mix for one of the six automatic qualification spots.

Should he miss out on the top six, captain Zach Johnson will surely have the US Open champion on his radar for one of the six picks he gets to complete the team.

Major wait goes on for Fowler

As one of the fan favorites in golf, Fowler's return to form this season has been great to see and there would have been a lot of people pulling for him to win on Sunday.

Ultimately, the American stumbled on his final 18 holes and ended up carding a five-over-par 75, which was good enough to see him finish in a three-way tie for fifth on -5 alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Min Woo Lee.

It does mean Fowler's wait for that elusive first Major goes on, but the fact he was back in contention is pleasing to see and it may not be too long before he is back in the winners' circle.

Fowler can be backed at +3300 to win the 2023 Open Championship, which takes place at Royal Liverpool Golf Club from July 20th to 23rd.

Scheffler's consistency is insane

Although Scottie Scheffler failed to win the US Open this time, his third-place finish means he has top-10s in all three Majors so far this year, having also gone T10 at the Masters and T2 at the PGA Championship.

The American hasn't placed worse than T12 from his 14 appearances this season, while his last five results read T5, T2, T3, 3 and 3, and it surely won't be long until he adds to his Masters triumph from last year.

Scheffler is +900 to win the 2023 Open, just behind McIlroy at +750.

Smith a danger ahead of Open defense

Cameron Smith enjoyed another solid week after finishing in sole possession of fourth on -6, with an impressive three-under-par 67 on Sunday seeing him climb up the leaderboard.

The Australian's three Major outings this year have resulted in two top-10s, those coming at the PGA Championship and the US Open, and his game appears to be in good shape ahead of his Open defense.

Smith is +1600 to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to successfully retain the Claret Jug.

JT has some serious work to do

After winning the PGA Championship for the second time last year, few would have predicted Justin Thomas would be struggling so much with his game this season.

The 30-year-old has only managed one top-10 finish this season, that coming at the Phoenix Open back in February, while he missed the cut at the Masters and the US Open and was only T65 at the PGA Championship.

It was his MC last week that was particularly tough to watch, as the American signed for a 73 on Thursday before then going round in 81 strokes on Friday to end up on +14.

Only Hank Lebioda, amateur Brendan Valdes and David Horsey had a worse score than Thomas, who admitted after missing the cut that this is the "lowest I've felt" and it is "humiliating and embarrassing shooting scores like that."

Thomas, whose best finish at The Open came in 2014 when he was T11, is +4000 to lift the Claret Jug next month.

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