Fitzpatrick holds on, winning the US Open for the 1st Major

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Matt Fitzpatrick from England is again the champion in The Country Club, this time with the biggest trophies in golf.

2013 US Amateur Champion US Open Champion on Sunday.

In the triple fight near Brooklyn, which reached the strings, Fitzpatrick took control with a great break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-stroke swing. He was also pulled out of a bunker on the 18th waterway that set the pair for 2-under 68.

The victory was not certain until Will Zalatoris, who showed an incredible fight for every mistake, fell to his knees when his 15-meter bird’s shot on the 18th just slipped next to the left side of the cup. Zalatoris, who finished 69th, was second in the second consecutive match.

Masters champion Scotty Scheffler never recovered from successive bogey to start a quarterback that cost him the lead. He had a 25-foot bird’s chance on the 18th, which he just missed and left him behind with 67.

In addition to the $ 3.15 million cash prize, Fitzpatrick also had that Jack Nicklaus gold medal wrapped around his neck, which just fit.

Fitzpatrick is the 13th man to win both the US Open and the US Open in his career, and the second to win both on the same track, joining Niklaus, who turned the trick on Pebble Beach. Julie Inkster won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Open at the Prairie Dunes.

Fitzpatrick, who briefly played at Northwestern before becoming a professional, won his eighth time around the world, and this was his first in America – at least the tournament everyone knows about. He won a member of The Bear’s Club in Florida earlier this year, a course that Niklaus built.

“He insulted me a little at the beginning of the year. He said, ‘Finally. Congratulations on winning the United States,'” Fitzpatrick said.

And then, slowly lifting the trophy, Fitzpatrick sent an amusing message to Niklaus: “Jack, I won the second time.”

Fitzpatrick became the first player since Graham McDowell in 2010 to win his first PGA Tour victory at the US Open.

It took a good break, a recognizable punch and a little courage at the end.

Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris were tied until the 15th when the Englishman hit his tee kick so far to the right that he entered the gallery and found a decent lie on the grass that was dead and trampled. Zalatoris missed just a few feet and was buried in deep grass.

He hit a 5-iron with 220 yards to 18 feet below the hole. Zalatoris entered the front bunker, exploded at 25 feet and made a specter. Fitzpatrick took the lead with two shots when his bird strike entered the cup at such a perfect pace that he did not even touch the needle he had left in the cup.

Zalatoris bounced again, catching a solid needle on par-3 from 16 to 7 feet to reduce the bird’s lead to one shot. They both missed a 12-foot bird’s chance on the 17th, and then Fitzpatrick missed the fairway at the wrong time, pulling it left into a bunker with a steep piece of bumps right in front of him.

It seemed like the playoffs were eminent – all the previous three US Open in Brooklyn were decided by the playoffs – and then Fitzpatrick fearlessly hit the pale with a 9 that carried a gaping bunker in front of the green and settled 18 feet far.

He missed by a hair and could only watch Zalatoris miss the last chance.

“Matt’s shot at 18 will probably be shown until the end of the history of the US Open,” Zalatoris said. “I walked past him and I thought it was going to be rude. But the fact that he pulled it out and even looked like a birdie was just amazing.

“So, hats off to him. He obviously played great all week and gave a solid round today.”

Fitzpatrick finished 6-under 134.

The 27-year-old Fitzpatrick, the first Englishman after Justin Rose in 2013 to win the US Open and the youngest player in England to win a major title since Tony Jacqueline at the 1970 US Open, felt his time was coming. He is meticulous in planning his recordings and keeps records of all of them in order to identify what needs to be done. And he has emphasized speed in his swing in the last two years, giving him the length and confidence to compete with anyone.

That didn’t make Sunday any easier, a race with three from the start when Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy fell back and never joined the mix again.

Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris, who shared an advantage of 54 holes, at one point had an advantage of two shots.

Zalatoris, who lost in the playoffs to Justin Thomas in the PGA championship last month, has recovered from two ghosts. They were tied when Zalatoris made an 18-foot birdie putt on a short par-3 11, and Ficpatrick tri-traveled for gods from the same range.

The 25-year-old from Dallas suddenly had a two-shot advantage. He also couldn’t keep the ball in the fairway, and that cost him a shot with the ball at number 12. And then another big turning point followed, when Fitzpatrick scored a 50-foot birdie putt over the 13th court. Zalatoris did well to make their 15-footer for the pair and they headed towards a tense conclusion.

Scheffler was still struggling in his offer for the second direction this year, but everyone else has become a distant memory. Hideki Matsuiama had the lowest round of the week at 65, but finished at 3-below 277, and that will never be good enough.

Eventually, Fitzpatrick hugged his family in the green, including his younger brother Alex, who worked for him at US Amateur and recently became a professional.

And there was his caddy, Billy Foster, one of the most popular loopers with a long career in Europe, who was never a target for majors until Sunday.

“Billy said that for a while to continue doing what you are doing and the chance will come,” said Fitzpatrick. “Yes, I used it too.”

ESPN Stats & Information and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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