Matt Fitzpatrick has become the first Englishman in nine years to win the US Open after an exciting final round match with Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris as No. 1 in the world.
The 27-year-old finished six under at The Country Club to secure the first major trophy of his career, with his final round including five birdies with three bogeys.
The choice of his shot came on the 18th with a brilliant effort from a difficult bunker position, which landed on the green.
“That’s what you grow up dreaming of,” Fitzpatrick said.
‘It’s something I’ve been working so hard for for so long. I have to give myself credit: I had so much patience today.
‘I said to [caddie] Billy [Foster], if I can hit 18 greens today, I would like to think I have a good chance. I almost did. I just played so solid all day. ‘
The 27-year-old was also congratulated by Rory McIlroy, who won the 2011 US Open on the 18th green,
McIlroy told Fitzpatrick: ‘All that work pays off. I am so happy for you.’
US OPEN 2022 FINAL LEADERBOARD
1. M. Fitzpatrick -6
T2. W. Zalatoris -5
T2. S. Scheffler -5
4. H. Matsuyama -3
T5. C. Morikawa -2
T5. R. McIlroy -2
Fitzpatrick is the latest English player to win the US Open since Justin Rose in 2013.
Fitzpatrick has also become the only other golfer after Jack Nicklaus to win the American amateur title and US Open on the same course.
Nicklaus won his second American amateur title at Pebble Beach in 1961 and then won the US Open on the same course 11 years later.
Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to take home the American amateur title in 102 years when he won at Brookline in 2013 at the age of 18, while his younger brother Alex caddy for him.
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