Matt Fitzpatrick has become the first Englishman in nine years to win the US Open after a thrilling battle in the finals with world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.
The 27-year-old ended up with a Six Under at the country club, securing the first major trophy of his career. His last round included five birdies with three bogeys.
Choosing his shots came on the 18th with a brilliant performance from a difficult bunker position that landed on the green.
“It’s what you dream of as an adult,” Fitzpatrick said.
“It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for so long. I have to admit to myself: I was so patient today.
‘I said yes [caddie] billy [Foster], if I can hit 18 greens today, I’d like to think I have a good chance. I’m almost there. I just played so solidly all day.
The 27-year-old was also congratulated on the 18th green by Rory McIlroy, who won the 2011 US Open.
McIlroy told Fitzpatrick, “All the work is paying off. I’m so happy for you.’
US OPEN 2022 FINAL LEADERBOARD
1. M Fitzpatrick -6
T2. W.Zalatoris -5
T2. S. Scheffler -5
T5. C. Morikawa-2
T5. R. McIlroy-2
Fitzpatrick is the youngest England player to win the US Open since Justin Rose in 2013.
Fitzpatrick is also only the second golfer after Jack Nicklaus to win the US amateur title and the US amateur title US Open on the same course.
Nicklaus won his second US amateur title at Pebble Beach in 1961 and the US Open eleven years later at the same course.
Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to take home the US amateur title in 102 years when he won at Brookline in 2013 aged 18, with his younger brother Alex serving as his caddie.
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