2022 US Open leaderboard, winner: Matt Fitzpatrick breaks through to the first major championship, PGA Tour victory

The second highest ranked golfer in the world without a PGA Tour victory in his career finally claimed a Sunday while simultaneously breaking through the top tier of golf with his first major championship. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, Sunday with two birdies and no bogeys across the final seven holes to clear the tournament at 6 under.

Fitzpatrick, 27, beat his 54-hole co-leader Will Zalatoris and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler with a punch to hoist the trophy.

After previously winning the 2013 US Amateur at Country Club, Fitzpatrick added his USGA total dramatically with a victory at the 122nd US Open. Thus, he joined Jack Nicklaus and Julie Inkster as the only players to win the two championships at the same venue, consolidating its place in the annals of golf history.

Fitzpatrick, No. 18 on the official world golf rankings, broke through Sunday after what had already been a strong season at major championships. The Englishman previously finished T14 at the Masters in April and T5 at the PGA Championship last month.

Still, it had not been an easy road for Fitzpatrick to this point, and his last round at the Country Club was a perfect encapsulation of this. Whether he would choose to admit it or not, doubt had to creep in as he missed opportunities to win events over the years.

A player who had always thrived because of his mix of accuracy and ability to put, Fitzpatrick came into 2022 as a completely rebuilt player. It was clear this week when the name of the game for Fitzpatrick was consistency. While others went out with remarkably low laps early in the tournament, he shot 2 under across the first 36 holes with an even par 70 on Friday before posting another 68 on Moving Day to take the lead.

Fitzpatrick was up and down over the top nine Sunday, and two bogeys to start at the back made it look like he would once again be sitting on the outside of a trophy presentation.

A short miss on par-4 10. was followed by an inexplicable three-putt on the short par-3 11. A quick three-stroke turn with Zalatoris breathing down his neck could have caused Fitzpatrick to topple over. A career filled with close calls could have added another one, but instead of fading, Fitzpatrick began to thrive.

An emphatic birdie at par-4 13. brought Fitzpatrick back in a share of the lead with Zalatoris at 5 under. Two holes later, after missing the fairway, Fitzpatrick struck one of the best iron strokes of the day to create a birdie look in the long par-4 15th place. With Zalatoris in front of the bogey, Fitzpatrick went in on his third and took a momentary two-stroke lead.

Although Zalatoris and Scheffler both pulled within one after scoring birdies down the stretch, Fitzpatrick never gave up.

After swapping pars with Zalatoris on the available 17th, Fitzpatrick went to the 72nd hole with a one-stroke edge and made the only mistake you could not make when he found the fairway bunker from the tee. He took it on the chin and followed the misco with a career-defining shot on the green that created his US Open triumph. Fitzpatrick missed an 18-foot birdie putt to win, but Zalatoris missed a similar 14-foot putt with a hair as Fitzpatrick posted his third 68 of the tournament and first PGA Tour victory.

The US Open is often and rightly described as “the toughest test in golf.” Most people think that is the case because of the conditions. They certainly play a role, but the mental challenge posed by the USGA far outweighs them. Competing in the US Open is really a roller coaster of emotions, and a small mistake can become one’s eventual downfall.

Fitzpatrick had his fair share of errors on Sunday, but he took the blows like a champion. In the process, he relinquished the designation he had been saddled for so long, causing his doubters to remain silent and reign supreme at the top of the sport with the National Championship trophy.

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