The family of Matt Fitzpatrick, the Englishman who won the US Open by a single shot over the world’s best players, swarmed him after the triumph. As he became only the third Englishman in 52 years to win the sport’s second-oldest major, Rory McIlroy embraced him on the 18th green.
Scottie Scheffler (67) and Will Zalatoris (69) both shot 67, but Fitzpatrick scored a two-under 68 for a six-under total and a nail-biting finish. Fitzpatrick explained, “It’s what you dream of as a kid.”. “My entire life has been devoted to achieving this one goal, and now I finally have it. I have to give myself a pat on the back since I was so patient.”
Sandy Lyle’s Final-Hole Bunker Shot.
The 18th-hole shot from a fairway bunker that sealed his victory will live long in the memory. Sandy Lyle’s final-hole bunker shot at Augusta National in 1988 was eerily similar to Fitzpatrick’s approach to the green, which landed 20 feet beyond the flag and spun a few feet closer. His mother, father, and brother embraced him on the green in joy after he made a two-putt par. Fitzpatrick, a native of Sheffield, joined Jack Nicklaus as the only other player to win the US Amateur and US Open at the same venue, Brookline Country Club, in 2013.
The 27-year-old is the first person from outside the United States to win both titles. He is the third Englishman to win the US Open in the modern era, following in the footsteps of Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013. They came close to winning the US PGA Championship last month, but neither Fitzpatrick nor Zalatoris faltered in the final round of this week’s tournament despite their lack of previous PGA Tour victories.
Fitzpatrick maintains his composure in the midst of a day of unexpected twists and turns. It was a three-way tie for the lead between Masters champion Scheffler, reigning champion Jon Rahm and world number three Rory McIlroy before the final round began in Massachusetts. In the midst of Rahm and McIlroy’s struggles, Scheffler was on fire, shooting four birdies in his first six holes and taking the lead for the first time since Tiger Woods won the US Open and the Masters back-to-back in the same year.
On the third and fifth holes, Fitzpatrick birdied while Zalatoris bogeyed to fall four strokes behind the leaders. On the sixth and seventh holes, Zalatoris, 25, made consecutive birdies with two magnificent iron shots. When Scheffler ran into trouble at the turn, and Fitzpatrick missed two short putts, Zalatoris suddenly had a two-shot lead. While Zalatoris’ par rescue from 12 feet was crucial, Fitzpatrick’s 48-foot birdie putt on the 13th was just as significant.
The Us Open Trophy.
While Scheffler was prowling, it was clear that the final two were aiming to become the 14th first-time major winner in the past 18 years to take the US Open trophy – it was simply a matter of who would land the fatal blow. At 15, Fitzpatrick took a two-shot lead after a birdie, and Zalatoris a bogey, but the American halved the lead with a birdie on 17. On the final hole, there was even more drama. Even though his tee shot ended up in the fairway bunker, Fitzpatrick somehow escaped, and Zalatoris was left needing a birdie to force the playoff, the Texan couldn’t get it in.
In light of Brookline’s history of play-offs, you wouldn’t have placed a wager on extra holes. But Zalatoris’ shot sailed agonizingly wide, and Fitzpatrick and his caddie Billy Foster embraced as he collapsed on the ground. After losing in a play-off at the US PGA Championship, Zalatoris finished second for the second major in a row, losing to Justin Thomas in sudden death.
‘i Didn’t Want a Bunker Shot on The Fairway’.
In a brilliant display of control and consistency, Fitzpatrick hit 17 of his final 18 greens in regulation, but his most memorable stroke will be his miraculous recovery shot from the bunker on 18, which was the shot he most dreaded facing.
Fitzpatrick admitted, “If there’s one shot I didn’t want to hit this year, it’s a fairway bunker shot.” “I couldn’t be happier when I watched it rise out of the sand.” This year’s US Amateur Championship has taken place in Boston, where Fitzpatrick and his family have been staying with the same American family that housed him in 2013 when he won the tournament.
Fitzpatrick went on to say, “It’s meant the world to me.”. “I’m clearly the victor in this competition. This is where I’m attempting to host all of the tour’s events. It’s been wonderful to spend time with them this week. Despite the lack of pressure, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here thus far.”
“Another Squandered Opportunity.”
Golfer McIlroy called it “another squandered opportunity.” A final round 74 by Rahm scuppered McIlroy’s hopes of adding to his four major championships following an eight-year absence. McIlroy’s one-under-par 69 was plagued by a lack of consistency, with all three of his front-nine birdies followed by bogeys, and only two late birdies lifting him into a tie for fifth place.
Rory McIlroy’s 16th top-10 result in the 29 majors he has competed in since his last major victory in 2014 – eight of which have been top fives – and he’s trying to keep his spirits up despite his disappointment. This will be another missed opportunity for me, exactly like Southern Hills, but it’s better than not competing at all, according to McIlroy. “As a result, this is a good thing. Right now, I have to remain patient because if I just keep positioning myself, it will be my day and I’ll get one.”
Foster’s First Major Championship.
Fitzpatrick’s Veteran Caddy Foster Was Undoubtedly More Emotional than His Boss on The 18th Green as He Finally Had a Major Triumph After 40 Years of Carrying the Bags of Some of The Sport’s Greatest Players. Foster, Who Has Worked with The Likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood, and Darren Clarke yet Never Won a Major, Was Filled with Emotion. ‘it’s Extremely Emotional,’ Foster Said on Sky Sports. “I’m Relieved that Someone Has Taken Care of That Enormous Chimpanzee. “Thank You so Much. Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke, Seve, and (Thomas) Bjorn Have All Had Their Moments Over the Years.
“when He Left It in The Bunker at Sandwich [in 2003], I Was Caddying for Him, and It Hurt a Lot. Six Months of Contemplation Had Me in Tears. a Lot of Negative Memories Have Been Put to Rest. Everything Depends on It. “I Knew He Had the Talent to Win a Major, but He’s Played Amazing This Week and Hasn’t Put at His Best, Which Is Incredible. When I Missed a Few Short Putts, He Made Light of It. “he Didn’t Have to Win by Four Points to Get the Job Done. One Was All that Was Necessary.”