Will Zalatoris’ putt to force the playoffs barely misses, giving Matt Fitzpatrick US Open victory in Brookline

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Will Zalatoris was disbelieving after missing a 14-foot putt that would have sent the US Open to a playoffs. Photo by AP / Charlie Riede

In the previous three times that the US Open has been played at The Country Club in Brookline, the tournament ended with a playoff. It happened almost for the fourth time in the 2022 US Open.

English golfer Matt Fitzpatrick had a lead on a stroke over Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler as they entered the 18th hole in the final round on Sunday. Fitzpatrick missed his birdie putt, but easily dropped his putt to par, putting pressure on Zalatoris’ putt for birdie.

Zalatoris’ 14-foot putt went just after a matter of inches, giving Fitzpatrick the win and avoiding an endgame.

Fitzpatrick’s one-stroke lead appeared to be in danger at first on the 18th hole. His drive landed in a bunker. Fitzpatrick’s next shot, however, landed right on the green and placed his ball 18 feet away from the hole. By sinking his parputt at 18, Fitzpatrick finished 6-under for the tournament.

Not only was Sunday’s victory Fitzpatrick’s first major victory, it was also his first victory on the PGA Tour. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 US Amateur, which was also played at The Country Club. He joined Jack Nicklaus as the only male golfer to win the US Amateur and US Open on the same course.

As for Zalatoris, this is the third time he finishes as second place by a major. He finished in second place at the 2021 Masters and again at the PGA Championship in May, where he lost in a playoff to Justin Thomas in the latter. Zalatoris and Scheffler each finished 5-under for the tournament.

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