Matt Fitzpatrick from England is again a champion in The Country Club, this time with the biggest trophies.
An American amateur champion in 2013. The US Open champion on Sunday.
In a three-way battle at Brookline that came down to the thread, Fitzpatrick took control with a nice break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot turn. He was even more gripped by a fairway bunker on the 18th that put par for a 2-under 68.
“If there was one punch I’ve struggled with this year that I just do not want, it’s a fairway bunker punch,” Fitzpatrick said of his approach to the 72nd hole, according to CBS Sports. “I think [caddie] Billy [Foster] took right over. It’s one of the best shots I’ve ever hit. “When I saw it leave the sand and I felt the impact, I could not be happier.”
The victory was not certain until Will Zalatoris, who showed a fantastic fight back from every mistake, fell to his knees as his 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th just slipped past the left side of the cup. Zalatoris was second in the second major major.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler never recovered from back-to-back bogeys to start the back nine. He had a 25-foot birdie chance on the 18th that just missed, leaving him one behind.
Fitzpatrick is the second man to win a US Amateur and US Open on the same course, joining Jack Nicklaus, who turned the trick on Pebble Beach. July Inkster won the US Women’s Amateur and the US Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes.
Along with the $ 3.15 million in prize money, Fitzpatrick got that gold medal by Jack Nicklaus draped around his neck.
Fitzpatrick, who briefly played at Northwestern before becoming a professional, won for the eighth time worldwide, and this was his first in America – at least a tournament that everyone knows about.
Fitzpatrick said he won the membership at The Bear’s Club in Florida earlier this year, the track Nicklaus built.
“He gave me a bit of abuse at the beginning of the year. He said, ‘Finally. Congratulations on the victory in the United States,'” Fitzpatrick said.
And then Fitzpatrick lifted the trophy a bit and sent a funny message to Nicklaus: “Jack, I won another time.”