Fitzpatrick has won the US Open, for the first time, not twice

The 27-year-old Englishman had already won the Brooklyn (Massachusetts) tournament as an amateur in 2013.

Nine years after triumphing as an amateur at the same track in Brooklyn (Massachusetts), England’s Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Open, lifting a Grand Slam, the first title of his career on the North American PGA Tour on Sunday. The 27-year-old golfer has composed several impressive hits, beating Americans Scotty Scheffler, the No. 1 World Masters winner in April, and Will Xalatores (14th) who still fails to finish second a month later in the PGA Championship.

“My first victory. In a major. Nothing better.”

Matthew Fitzpatrick

I don’t have words. It’s what you dream about growing up. It’s something I’ve worked hard for for a long time. My first victory. in a specialty. Nothing is betterThe eighteenth player in the world commented. Originally from Sheffield, he was just 18 years old when he won in 2013, the country club in suburban Boston. Eleven other players achieved the same doubling, including legend Jack Nicklaus, the only one to do so at the same track, Pebble Beach in California.

It means a lot to know that my name is next to yours. I don’t know if he’s listening to me, but it pissed me off a bit at the beginning of the year, when I got my Bears Club membership card (owned by Nicklaus, editor’s note). He said to me : “ finally! Congratulations on this victory in the United States ». I can now tell him, “Jack, I won for the second time this yearHe said smiling.

“Amazing shots”

In doing so, Fitzpatrick became the seventh golfer in history to win a major, after Orville Moody (1969 US Open), Paul Lowry (1999 British Open), Shawn Michelle (2003 PGA Championship), and Michael Campbell (US Open 1999). 2005). ), Louis Oosthuizen (British Open 2010) and Danny Willett (Masters 2016). Prior to this dedication, his professional career had its best time on the European circuit, winning seven titles in 2015 and 2021. A month earlier, he finished fifth in the PGA Championship.

So, he’s in great shape to have come close to the US Open, fueled on top of that by the confidence inherited from his happy past in Brooklyn. “I’ve said it over and over, you’ve done a pretty good job here in the past… you’ve hit the ball really well all week. So, I’m going to say it because I won, but mostly I’ve had some great game kicks of late.“.

It’s hard to contrast. After being patient in the early part of the course, which saw Schaeffler escape momentarily before setting the time in third, he remarkably managed an impressive throw of about fifteen meters at 13, which was ramped up back to Zalatores, then into the lead.

Less than Schwarzel

Then at No. 15, he came out superbly out of the tall, rough grass, solidifying his approach with a hit that wasn’t obvious but controlled. Meanwhile, Zalatoris cracks up by committing a ghost. Two shots ahead of his rivals, three holes from the end, Fitzpatrick didn’t nervously falter as Zalatoris and Scheffler returned to unit one, breaking 16 and 17 respectively.

We had to avoid making mistakes on the way to the last hole. Form his shot from the right lane to dugout. But he managed to correct the shot in a wonderful way to reach the green zone and ensure a winning tie.

It’s one of the best shots I’ve had in my life. When I saw the ball come out of the sand, I couldn’t be happierreaction.

This US Open marked the return of the outcast from the PGA, who responded to the sirens of the breakaway tournament LIV Golf, which is funded by Saudi Arabia. Four players out of 15 involved made the cut, with Dustin Johnson taking the top spot (24 +4).

With money being the source of the split, Fitzpatrick will cash a standard PGA check for $3.15 million. Less than Charles Schwarzl, the first winner of the LIV sealed tournament, who touched 4.75 million last week in London.

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