Golf. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick triumphs at the US Open

Originally from Sheffield, he was only 18 when he won in 2013, at the Country Club located in the suburbs of Boston. Eleven other golfers have achieved the same double, including the legendary Jack Nicklaus, the only one who has done it like him on the same course, that of Peeble Beach in California. “It means a lot to know that my name is next to yours. I don’t know if he’s listening to me, but he pissed me off a bit at the start of the year, when I got my Bears Club membership card (owned by Nicklaus, editor’s note). He told me: Finally! Congratulations, for having this victory in the United States. I can now say to him: Jack, I won a second time this year,” he smiles.

“Incredible Shots”

In doing so, Fitzpatrick became the seventh golfer in history to make a Major his first title, after Orville Moody (US Open 1969), Paul Lawrie (British Open 1999), Shaun Micheel (PGA Championship 2003), Michael Campbell (US Open 2005), Louis Oosthuizen (British Open 2010) and Danny Willett (Masters 2016). Before this consecration, his professional career had its finest hours on the European Tour, where he won seven titles in 2015 and 2021. A month ago, he finished 5th in the PGA Championship.

It was therefore rather in good shape that he rejected this US Open, further fueled by the confidence attributed to his happy liabilities at Brookline. “I’ve said it over and over again, I’ve done so well here in the past…I’ve hit the ball well all week. So, I’m going to say that because I won, but mostly I landed some amazing shots late in the game.

Hard to contradict him. After being patient in the first part of the course, which saw Scheffler momentarily escape before marking time in 3rd position, he notably managed an impressive putt of about fifteen meters at n° 13, which made birdie to come back up to Zalatoris, then in the lead. Then at No. 15, he came out of the rough, the tall grass, beautifully, improving his approach with a putt that was perhaps obvious but controlled. Meanwhile, Zalatoris cracked by committing a bogey.

Less than Schwartzel

Two shots ahead of his rivals, three holes from the end, Fitzpatrick did not flinch nervously when Zatoris and Scheffler came back to one unit, having birdied at No. 16 and No. 17 respectively. no mistakes on the way to the last hole. What his shot from the right fairway into the bunker constituted. But he was able to straighten the shot superbly, to reach the green and ensure the winning par. “It’s one of the best shots I’ve ever hit in my life. When I saw the ball come out of the sand, I couldn’t have been happier”, he reacted.

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