Fitzpatrick hangs on, wins U.S. Open for 1st major

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Matt Fitzpatrick of England is a champion once more at The Country Club, this time with the grandest of trophies.

A U.S. Amateur champion in 2013. The U.S. Open champion Sunday.

In a three-way battle at Brookline that got here all the way down to the wire, Fitzpatrick seized management with an amazing break and a good higher shot on the fifteenth gap for a two-shot swing. He was much more clutch from a fairway bunker on the 18th that arrange par for a 2-under 68.

Victory was not safe till Will Zalatoris, who confirmed wonderful battle again from each mistake, dropped to his knees when his 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th simply slid by the left aspect of the cup. Zalatoris was a runner-up within the second straight major.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler by no means recovered from back-to-back bogeys to begin the again 9. He had a 25-foot birdie probability on the 18th that simply missed and left him one behind.

Fitzpatrick is the second man to win a U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open on the identical course, becoming a member of Jack Nicklaus who turned the trick at Pebble Beach. Juli Inkster received the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes.

Along with the $3.15 million in prize cash, Fitzpatrick had that gold Jack Nicklaus medal draped round his neck.

Fitzpatrick, who briefly performed at Northwestern earlier than turning professional, received for the eighth time worldwide, and this was his first in America — at the very least a event everybody is aware of about.

Fitzpatrick mentioned he received the member-member at The Bear’s Club in Florida firstly of the 12 months, the course Nicklaus constructed.

“He gave me a little bit of abuse firstly of the 12 months. He mentioned, ‘Finally. Congratulations for successful within the States,'” Fitzpatrick mentioned.

And then barely lifting the trophy, Fitzpatrick despatched a enjoyable message to Nicklaus: “Jack, I received a second time.”

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