Established stars Rickie Fowler, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Cam Smith were all in contention to win the 2023 U.S. Open, and it seemed certain that one of them would take home the trophy. An interloper named Wyndham Clark was tied for the lead after the third round, but surely, with such big names around him, he was certain to fold, right?

Wrong. Clark held the steadiest of them all and won the title, defeating a stellar list of challengers. But to many, this is not all that surprising. Clark came from a pedigreed collegiate background, first having competed at Oklahoma State before transferring to Oregon. He has long been considered ultra-talented, but it took him a while to show it. He first earned his PGA Tour card in 2018, but up until this year, only did enough to keep his card and little more.

Then, he had a breakthrough at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, winning for the first time. His Open title validated the belief that many had in him, but ironically, one of the non-believers was himself. He started seeing mental coach Julie Elion in January, who instilled in him a belief he was as good as others believed he was. So far this year, Clark has seven top-10 finishes to go along with his two victories. It remains to be seen if Clark will become one of the game’s enduring stars, but no one who knows him will bet against this happening.
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