BROOKLINE, Mass. – England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick won the US Open and claimed his first major title on the same course where he won the amateur title nine years ago.
Fitzpatrick posted a 68(-2) on the course at Brookline Golf Club, beating Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler by one shot on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick has the last word on Zatoris at the US Open
Fitzpatrick led by a shot and bunkered his tee shot on the 18th hole. However, he reached the middle of the green and putted twice to confirm his par and total of minus 6.
“I have no words. It’s what you dream of growing up. It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for so long. My first win. In a major. There’s nothing better,” commented the 18th player of the world.
“It’s one of the best shots I’ve ever made in my life. When I saw the ball come out of the sand, I couldn’t have been happier,” he said.
Originally from Sheffield, he was just 18 when he won at the 2013 country club in suburban Boston. Eleven other golfers have scored the same double, including the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the only one to make it on the same course, that of Peeble Beach, California.
“It means a lot to me to know that my name is next to yours. I don’t know if he’s listening, but earlier this year he pissed me off a bit when I got my Bears Club membership card (owned by Nicklaus, ed.). He said to me: “Finally! Congratulations on this win in the United States. I can now say to him, ‘Jack, this is my second win this year,'” he said with a smile.
Zatoris was the only golfer to force an overtime when faced with a 14-foot putt for a birdie but the ball just missed the holeshot.
“Matt’s shot on hole 18 will be remembered for the rest of US Open history,” said Zulatoris. I approached and realized that it took guts to aim for the hole. Just the fact that he tried and was able to look for a birdie himself is amazing. I tip my hat to him. He played well all week and had a good round today. »
At the same time, Zalatoris was content with second place in a second major tournament in a row. He lost to Justin Thomas in overtime at the PGA Championship last month.
Since making his grand debut at the 2020 US Open in Winged Foot, Zatoris has had a sixth top-10 finish in seven Majors.
Fitzpatrick hit 17 greens in prescribed shots. He was the first Englishman to win the US Open since Justin Rose in 2013. That year, Fitzpatrick triumphed in the amateur tournament.
He also joined Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win the US Open and amateurs playing on the same course. Nicklaus had accomplished the feat in 1961 and 1972 at Pebble Beach.
Scheffler had put the pressure on by bringing back a card of 67 to lead at Chalet with 5 minus. Notably, he had managed a birdie on the 17th pennant to force Fitzpatrick to finish the loop without a collision.
The round of the day came from Hideki Matsuyama’s sticks. The Japanese shot 65 and finished fourth alone with a total score of minus 3.
Canada’s Adam Hadwin completed the course in 71 and finished the event 1 under in tied seventh place.
Fitzpatrick takes the lead with a long putt