Matthew Fitzpatrick claims the US Open with a clutch fired from a bunker in the last hole

June 19, 2022; Brooklyn, Massachusetts, USA; Matthew Fitzpatrick reacted while winning the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club. Mandatory credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

BROOKLINE, Massachusetts – After battling blows outside the fairway bunkers in earlier rounds of the US Open, Matthew Fitzpatrick made the biggest hit of all when it was most important on Sunday to secure the biggest victory of his career. you are.

The 27-year-old Englishman reached the last hole in The Country Club near Boston with a one-stroke lead. With the title in his hands, he drove straight into the left hopper of the fairway.

Under career-defining pressure, Fitzpatrick made an approaching 161-yard shot that was nothing short of magnificent, settling 18 feet from the cup to all but finishing the victory.

“This is one of the best shots I’ve made, no doubt,” Fitzpatrick told reporters.

Fitzpatrick drew two and then watched as playing partner Will Zalatoris, who needed a bird to force the playoffs, flipped his 14-foot right to the left of the hole.

When Fitzpatrick’s ball landed in the bunker with the 18th hole, the tension from what was already a contested battle for the back-nine rose by several levels. Some tobacco would crush his dreams, given that Zalatoris had safely bombed his drive up the fairway.

Fitzpatrick, who said the lie in the bunker forced him not to aim directly at the pin, has already conducted a master class on hitting the ball down the stretch. Still, hitting the green at 18 will surely find a place in the annals of golf history.

“Looking back, it all happened so fast,” Fitzpatrick said. “It was as if some natural ability had taken over and I was just playing the shot that was close at hand, as if I were a teenager trying to hit it up close.

“And I didn’t want to do that, but I was just committing to the shot we were somehow planning … Yes, it was amazing.”

Zalatoris, feeling able to finally win a major title after two previous finals in second place, could not help but catch a glimpse of Fitzpatrick’s ball in the bunker as he walked down the fairway and then could only tilt his hat on impact.

“Matt’s shot at 18 will probably be shown until the end of the history of the US Open, because this – I passed by him and thought it would be uncompromising, but the fact that he took it out and even made it look like a bird was just amazing, “said Zalatoris.

“So, his hat down. Apparently he played great all week and gave a solid circle today. “


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