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Wyndham Clark was losing it — “it” being his lead. A wonderful birdie at 14 had given way to a bogey at 15 — the only bogey by any player at 15 Sunday — and another at 16. A three-shot lead had been cut to one, with Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Rickie Fowler lurking.

This was when Clark’s inexperience would finally show up. This was when the player who had never finished better than tied for 75th at a major would run out of steam.

Two holes later, Clark was losing it again — “it” being his emotions. The tears came, and for good reason: He’s a U.S. Open champion, a monumental win in a suddenly fast-rising career that nearly never happened.