Matt Fitzpatrick wins US Open after thrilling final hole break

Matt Fitzpatrick wins US Open after thrilling final hole break

Matt Fitzpatrick wins US Open after thrilling final hole break

  • Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
  • The first major win of Fitzpatrick’s career came on the same course he won the US Amateur in 2013.
  • Fitzpatrick’s win came down to a duel on the 72nd hole of the tournament against Will Zalatoris.

Matt Fitzpatrick conquered The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts this weekend to win the US Open, the first major win of his career.

The 27-year-old Englishman had won seven times on the European Tour, but had yet to win a professional event on American soil. It wasn’t easy.

Fitzpatrick went into the final lap and topped the standings along with Will Zalatoris. Through the round, the two battled back and forth, giving a ball-slapping clinic in front of the Boston crowd.

After a series of birdies from Zalatoris in the middle of the round, Fitzpatrick bit back part of the lead using a monster putt on the 13th green.

Fitzpatrick would solo into the lead a few holes later, walking to the 18th tee with a one-stroke lead over Zalatoris.

Needing another clean drive to potentially secure his first big win, Fitzpatrick hit one of his worst shots of the day off the tee, finding a fairway bunker and nearly snooking his ball into the edge of the hurdle. With Zalatoris’ ball safely in the fairway, it felt for a moment that the entire tournament had shifted on the fortune of two swings.

But to make up for one of his worst shots of the day, Fitzpatrick followed it up with his best. Fitzpatrick choked on an iron from the bunker and fired a dart into the center of the green, giving him a putt to win the tournament.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

Fitzpatrick wouldn’t sink his birdie attempt to win the tournament, but after Zalatoris failed to birdie himself, par was good enough to take home the trophy.

Fitzpatrick’s iron play was unreal all weekend, but no day was more impressive than his final round, hitting 17 of the 18 greens in the regular season.

“I had so much patience today,” Fitzpatrick said after the round. “I said to” [caddie Billy Foster] “If I can hit 18 greens today, I like to think I have a good chance,” and so damn I did.”

While it was Fitzpatrick’s first win as a professional on American soil, it was not his first win at The Country Club. In 2013, Fitzpatrick won the American amateur on the same track.

On Sunday, he was able to do it again, this time taking home a $3.15 million check.