BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS: England’s Matt Fitzpatrick captured his first main title on Sunday by profitable the US Open in dramatic style, making spectacular photographs as rivals crumbled below final-round strain.
After an exhilarating three-man struggle down the again 9 at The Nation Membership, Fitzpatrick fired a 2-under par 68 to complete on 6-under 274 and defeat Individuals Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris by one stroke.
“I’m going to say it as a result of I gained however I hit some unbelievable photographs coming down the stretch and that’s what I work for,” Fitzpatrick stated.
With perseverance, Fitzpatrick delivered his first skilled US victory for a long-sought main trophy.
“It’s what you develop up dreaming of,” Fitzpatrick stated. “It’s one thing I’ve labored so laborious for for such a very long time. There was a giant monkey on my again attempting to win over right here and everybody, all they ever talked about was that. To do it as a significant for my first win — there’s nothing higher.”
World No. 18 Fitzpatrick, who gained the 2013 US Novice at The Nation Membership, matched Jack Nicklaus as the one US Open and US Novice winners on the identical course, the US legend doing the double at Pebble Seashore.
“It means the world,” Fitzpatrick stated of the achievement.
The 27-year-old from Sheffield, who shared fifth final month on the PGA Championship for his finest prior main consequence, sank a surprising 48-foot birdie putt on the thirteenth gap to seize a share of the lead.
On the fifteenth, Fitzpatrick blasted out of the fitting tough to only inside 19 ft and rolled in a tension-packed putt to succeed in 6-under and lead by two due to a Zalatoris bogey.
“Received a few good breaks on 15 and took benefit of it and that’s what it took ultimately,” Fitzpatrick stated.
After birdies by top-ranked Masters champion Scheffler at 17 and Zalatoris on 16, Fitzpatrick clung to a one-stroke lead on the 18th tee.
The Englishman despatched his tee shot right into a left fairway bunker, however blasted a powerful method to 18 ft and two putted for par.
“I hit a 3-wood into the bunker and if there was one shot I’ve struggled with this 12 months that I don’t want it’s a fairway bunker shot,” stated Fitzpatrick.
“I suppose skill simply took over. It’s top-of-the-line photographs I’ve hit of all time. After I noticed it go away the sand and felt the strike I couldn’t have been happier.”
Zalatoris had a 14-foot birdie putt to power a playoff however when he missed, the file $3.15 million prime prize went to Fitzpatrick.
“Matt’s shot on 18 goes to be proven most likely for the remainder of US Open historical past,” Zalatoris stated.
“I walked by it and thought that going for it was going to be ballsy, however the truth that he pulled it off and even had a birdie look was simply unimaginable. So hats off to him.”
Fitzpatrick has had a exercise program to spice up his driving distance for the previous two years, boosting his shotmaking braveness.
“I completely backed myself 110 p.c,” he stated. “I really feel like I can compete in opposition to anybody out right here, notably over the past two years as I’ve acquired longer. Hopefully this is step one in getting even higher.”
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, fired the very best spherical of the week, a bogey-free 65, to complete fourth on 3-under 277.
4-time main winner Rory McIlroy and two-time main champion Collin Morikawa shared fifth on 278 whereas second-ranked Spaniard Jon Rahm, the defending champion, shared twelfth on 281 after a closing 74.
Scheffler fired a final-round 67 whereas Zalatoris, now a three-time runner-up in 9 main begins, and third-ranked McIlroy every closed on 69 and seventh-ranked Morikawa, the reigning British Open champion, shot 66.
“Tip of the hat to Fitzy,” Scheffler stated. “He’s hitting the ball very well and has been knocking on the door for a very long time. He undoubtedly deserves this win.”
LIV Golf Sequence gamers US PGA Tour members for the primary time this week after the US Golf Affiliation determined to not ban the LIV golfers regardless of suspensions issued by the PGA Tour.
LIV’s 15 gamers, solely 4 of whom made the minimize, have been a mixed 118-over par.
Two-time main winner Dustin Johnson led the best way, firing a 72 to complete on 284.
England’s Richard Bland fired a 74 to complete on eight-over 288 with 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed on 290 after a 74 and 2020 US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau on 293 after a 75.