Did the man with the law firm name, Wyndham Clark, actually cheat?
Despite the subdued crowds at the Los Angeles Country Club and the lack of expected difficulty from the course, this year’s US Open golf tournament provided plenty of drama.
Ultimately, Wyndham Clark emerged victorious, beating Rory McIlroy with his signature fade and solid short game.
However, there’s a growing controversy surrounding Clark’s win, as some fans believe he should have received a one-stroke penalty for his ball moving during the final round.
? Did Wyndham Clark’s ball move?
— NUCLR GOLF (@NUCLRGOLF) June 18, 2023
While some argue that the ball did move, others believe the movement was not significant enough to warrant a penalty.
This better be reviewed.
— Slim Pick’em? (@Slim_Pickem) June 18, 2023
That 100% rolled backwards.
— NBKTruth (@NBKTruth) June 19, 2023
— FAIRWAY FUNNIES ??? (@FairwayFunnies) June 18, 2023
Some sided with Clark on this one too.
Spongy Bermuda, oscillates maybe but doesn’t move nearly enough for a penalty
— Dan Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) June 18, 2023
Naw that’s not a penalty
— Nick Novinsky (@NickNovinsky) June 19, 2023
I had this conversation with USGA earlier in the week. It’s allowed to oscillate as long as it doesn’t change positions in the rough. Ie can’t move from its position.
— Berry Henson (@BerryHenson) June 18, 2023
It went back to where it rested. No penalty
— Levi Dickerson (@LeviDickerson14) June 18, 2023
Had Clark received a penalty, he would have tied with McIlroy, resulting in a playoff.
However, McIlroy himself benefitted from a favorable decision earlier in the game when he was granted a free drop after getting plugged in a green side bunker.
Ultimately, both Clark and McIlroy got away with breaks, but Clark made the most of his lucky outcome, securing his first major tournament win and taking home $3.6 million.