Brooklyn, Mass. – For a guy who won seven times on the DP World Tour, Matt Fitzpatrick definitely listened in the US.
Despite being a very talented player and often competing and playing in two Ryder Cups, Fitzpatrick was often asked about his failure to win on American soil.
Well, those questions are over.
In the nation’s holiest foot in the sport, the Englishman defeated Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler in a green, cloudy Sunday at The Country Club to win the 122nd US Open.
After taking a lead in the 50-foot lead with a 50-foot lead on the 13th and a 19-foot lead on the 15th, Fitzpatrick bid 18 feet from the final hole to win the championship – set by a genius. Bunker from 155 yards – missed left. Jalatoris lined up a birdie from 14 feet so he was placed on the edge of the green, forcing a playoff. But Jaladoris’ attempt was thwarted by a hair and Fitzpatrick sank into the warmth of his caddy, the famous Billy Foster.
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“The feeling is out of this world,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s very clichd, but it’s something you dreamed of as a child. To achieve that, I can retire tomorrow as a happy man.”
Just minutes after his biggest success to date, he received a congratulatory invitation from Jack Nicholas, who often serves lunch at the Pierce Club in Florida. Fitzpatrick, 27, of Fitzpatrick, won the US Amateur title in 2013. Francis O’Malley became famous in 1913 for his shocking regret over Ted Ray and Harry Warden, joining the Golden Bear as two players to win the US Amateur and the US Open. Same course. Niklas did so at Pebble Beach in 1961 and 1972. Julie Inkster (Prairie Toons, 1980, 2002) was the only American amateur and US Open winner to win the US Women’s Open in the same course.
“Any time you share a record with Jack Nicklas, it’s incredible,” Fitzpatrick said. “I can not believe it either. He called me down at the presentation to greet me. It came from someone like that, which means the world.”
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Finish with Fitzpatrick 2 under-bar 68 and under 6. Jaladoris signed for 69 and Scheffler for 67, both under 5 runs.
It was another heartbreaking decision for Zalatoris, who lost the playoffs to Justin Thomas at the PGA Championships last month. He has not been successful on the PGA tour, but he is always confident that success is coming.
“I think it will take a little more processing than this (PGA),” Zalatoris said. “Like I said, I have no regrets. I thought I was playing better this whole week, especially for the start I made today.
“It obviously beats. Having had three runner-ups so far in my career in the Majors, I’m knocking on that door. We’m obviously doing the right thing. . “
Scheffler, who has won four times this year, including the Masters, took a late lead in the front nine, but won again by a very narrow hole on the golf course. After reaching 6, Scheffler scored 10 after a foul. He scored a double hundred on the 11th in the third round and continued with three bogies. He made a bird on the 17th and threw a shot short from 23 feet on the 18th.
“My game is still in good shape. It gave me the chance to win the US Open. I performed better today under a lot of pressure. I made some key points early on to get to where we are today,” Scheffler said. “I played a little bit of quality golf. The puddles were rolling around the edge instead of getting inside. That’s what I felt happened most of the week. I hit a lot of good puddings and they were still intact.
“The tip of the hat for Fitzgerald. He’s playing golf very well, and he’s definitely deserving of success at this event. I do not know if you’ve noticed, but I do feel like he’s made some tremendous improvements from Dee on one thing. Months.”
Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama rushed home with 65 runs, the best score of the week.
Twice big winner Colin Morikova damaged the chances for third place with 77 Saturdays, but finished second under 2 with his second 66 runs.
“I hope not many more 7 overs in the future, but it made me focus again and things kept coming back,” Morikova said. “Really start with tea, get it the right way, and then worry about it from there.”
Also Rory McIlroy signed for 69 runs. The four-time big winner has now played in 29 majors without winning his fifth place.
“Another top five in the Major. I think that doesn’t really mean anything,” McIlroy said. “There’s a game. There’s a game. I’m getting another start in Hartford next week before I go to the Open Championship.
“Before the opening I’m going to get some good rest and play some link golf and get ready and look forward to it. Again, my game is in good shape. I have one more chance this year to try to get that major.”
Fitzpatrick scored his first big win of his 26th attempt. He has had a steady rise every year and Sunday’s victory moved him to 10th place in the official world golf rankings, for the first time ever.
He always worked as hard as he could and looked for unusual ways to see if they would improve his game. Like his cross arm chipping he started earlier this year. Leaving the flagpole in the hole while putting up, he started last year. And he always checks thousands of notebooks that have data on every shot he scored as a professional.
On the way to the 68-70-68-68 rounds, Fitzpatrick kept playing his ball mostly (in the final round he scored 17 greens in order), did not double doubles throughout the week (they were the killer majors), and placed very well overall.
And he took advantage of his extra length, which he added to his arsenal.
The opportunities for drama increase with progress each year. As if his bunker had been shot over the 72nd hole.
“It was one of the best shots I ever scored, no doubt about it,” he said. “You see throughout the week, the shots you score and the different times, it’s weird because it’s the biggest shot at the moment. To be honest, my three approaches are 15, 16, and 17 really good shots; 18 a bit hit and hope.”
With two wins at The Country Club, it now holds a special place in the heart of Fitzpatrick. Whether he plays another big role here or not, he will definitely come back.
“I love playing on this golf course,” he said. “It suits me very well. It fits my game well. I’m been playing well for a while and I think this is where it’s going to happen.”
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