BROOKLINE, Mass. – Matt Fitzpatrick of England is Country Club Champion again, this time with the biggest trophy.
A US Amateur Champion in 2013. The Sunday US Open Champion.
In a three-way battle at Brookline that ended to the wire, Fitzpatrick took control with a great break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot swing. He was even more clutch off a fairway bunker on the 18th that set up par for a 2-under-68.
Victory was not certain until Will Zalatoris, who amazingly fought back after each mistake, fell to his knees when his 15-foot birdie putt just slid past the left side of the cup on the 18th. Zulatoris finished second in the second consecutive major.
Masters champion Scottie Scheffler never recovered from consecutive bogeys to start the back nine. On the 18th, he had a 25-foot birdie chance that narrowly missed and left him behind.
Fitzpatrick is the second man to win a US Amateur and a US Open on the same course, along with Jack Nicklaus, who spun the trick at Pebble Beach. July Inkster won the US Women’s Amateur and US Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes.
Along with the $3.15 million prize money, Fitzpatrick had this gold Jack Nicklaus medal draped around his neck.
Fitzpatrick, who briefly played for Northwestern before turning pro, was his eighth world win, and this was his first in America – at least one tournament that everyone knows.
Fitzpatrick said he won membership at The Bear’s Club in Florida earlier this year, the course Nicklaus built.
“He abused me a bit earlier in the year. He said, “Finally. Congratulations on winning in the States,'” said Fitzpatrick.
And then Fitzpatrick lifted the trophy slightly and sent a funny message to Nicklaus: “Jack, I won a second time.”
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