Clark: Other Than Scottie I Was Playing Better Than All Of Them

Going into the US Open Wyndham Clark was ranked No. 32 in the world. He had three top 10s since the middle of March, then he won at Quail Hollow and he was up there at the Memorial until a final-round 76. The nature of his win at Quail suggested that he was bang in form and playing as well as he's ever played but he wasn't given too much consideration going into LA Country Club.

Something that both irritated and spurred him on in equal measure.

“People really watching the golf over the last, whatever, months, I feel like maybe other than Scottie (Scheffler) I was playing better golf than all of them to be honest. I’ve made a million cuts, I’ve contended in a lot of tournaments. I had a really good chance to win at Memorial, I won at Wells, had a chance to win at New Orleans, had a chance to win in Dominican, had a chance to win at the Phoenix Open, so I’ve had a lot of really good chances to win,“ he told Sirius XM’s PGA Tour Radio.

“It kind of p***** me off walking around and everyone was chanting ‘Rickie’ and ‘Rory’ and I get it, they’re fan favourites, but everyone kind of wrote me off. Even JT in his tweet was like: ‘I see Xander coming out hot’ and this and that - no mention of me and I was like: ‘Alright, boys, you know, get ready for it.’”

Clark's week consisted of rounds of 64-67-69-70 but, despite the scores going down on the card, his ball striking was a little bit off at the start of the tournament.

He added: “To be honest I wasn’t hitting my irons that great early in the week and, as the week started going on, I felt like my best golf was still out there and it obviously got tougher on the weekend but I felt like I was getting better and better as the week went on so it definitely fuelled some fire having no-one rooting for me.”

Clark is back playing this week at the Travelers and the new World No. 13 is playing alongside Justin Thomas and Max Homa. Another huge bonus is what is to come in September with the Ryder Cup in Rome – Clark's win elevated him to second in the standings and he is almost certain to make his debut in Italy.