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Fitzpatrick in paradise! – Golf Planet

At 27, Matthew Fitzpatrick won his first major title after a huge three-way fight at the 122nd US Open. The little Englishman dominated the Americans Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler with a breath after a breathtaking and suffocating Sunday.

It was a major Sunday as we like them. A last round of emotions, suspense, twists and turns. This 122nd US Open offered an absolutely delicious three-man mano a mano, marked by strokes of genius, failures, incessant changes of leaders and an uncertain epilogue until the end.

And it’s finally Matthew Fitzpatrick winner of the US Amateur 2013 right here at Brookline who has earned the right to write one of the most beautiful chapters of this major.

Infernal threesome

Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler put on a show on this mythical course steeped in history. where the memory of Francis Ouimet still hangs, the young amateur winner of the US Open in 1913.

In turn, the three players glimpsed victory. It was first the last named, who started two strokes behind his two rivals, who first thrilled the crowd. Birdie at 1 despite a ball in a divot!

The world No. 1 birdied four times on his first six holes to take sole command of the tournament. Before being joined by Fitzpatrick from hole n°5, then overtaken by the Englishman, after two unfortunate bogeys on holes 10 and 11.

Bad start with missteps on holes 2 and 3, Zalatoris quickly replied to pick up on the two men with an always impeccable iron game.

The big American staker even had a two-step lead in the heart of the battle. But “Fitzy” put the pressure on him by returning an incredible string for birdie at 13.

The decisive moment was undoubtedly the hole n ° 15 where Fitzpatrick investigated another long putt for birdie. Under the delighted eyes of his mother and his brother, who had caddyed him during his victory at the US Amateur in 2013 on the same course at Brookline, the Englishman took a two-step lead since Zalatoris started at the fault on this difficult par 4.

Birdies from Scheffler on 17 and Zalatoris on 16 brought them both within one stroke of the Sheffield player. But the two Americans didn’t birdie on the 18th and Fitzpatrick managed to get a masterful shot from the fairway bunker to secure the par.

The first Englishman to win the US Open since Justin Rose in 2013, Matthew Fitzpatrick is also the second man in history to sign the US amateur / US Open double on the same course, after a certain Jack Nicklaus. He also won his very first title on the American circuit. Not bad to open his prize list with a major title…

Billy Foster Premiere!

The emotion of the winner was obviously great. She was just as much for her famous caddy, Billy Foster, who in 40 years of career, had never won a Grand Slam tournament. While he’s been on the bag big names like Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and even Tiger Woods.

Zalatoris, failed again

Will Zalatoris is therefore still looking for a first victory on the American circuit. The Californian now has six top 10s in majors and three 2nd places (in three different majors). Already beaten in play off at the last PGA Championship by Justin Thomas, he turns around… But it does not want to smile.

As for Scottie Scheffler, he may harbor some regrets but will not be as disappointed as his compatriot.

The world No. 1 has four titles in 2022, including the Masters. This second place in his National Open is a new great achievement for the Texan, even if he would have liked to return his 12-meter putt for birdie on the 72nd hole…

Matsuyama’s Charge

65! No bogeys! What a Sunday for Hideki Matsuyama, unleashed. The winner of the 2021 Masters passes the card of the week and finishes very close to the podium. Already second at the US Open in 2017, the Japanese offers himself a new convincing result in Grand Slam. With his -3 total signed very early at the club house, he even made the leaders tremble a little with this heroic charge.

Morikawa, the splits

Eleven shots away! Between Saturday and Sunday, Collin Morikawa treated himself to a wagon ride on the roller coaster. His catastrophic 77 on the “moving day” had put him out of the race for victory, but the two-time major winner reversed his tournament in a positive way by signing a second 66 after that of Friday. He finishes in the top 5. Solid.

McIlroy and Rahm disappointing

We were hoping for a great Sunday for the defending champion in search of a double, Jon Rahmplaced only one head shot, and Rory McIlroy, three strokes behind. They were both disappointed, probably penalized by their impatience.

Both notably conceded a costly bogey on the short par 4 of hole n°5, which is nevertheless “drivable”. The Northern Irish card is symptomatic of poorly managed aggressiveness. On his first seven holes, he scored three birdies but also conceded three bogeys…

The result was finally quite classic for “Ror’s”, who freed himself too late with birdies at 14 and 15. The Northern Irishman still achieved an excellent result (5th), but his crossing of the desert in major which has lasted since 8 years continues. The counter of the former world number 1 remains stuck at 4.

Finally 12th, “Rahmbo”, he defended his title with pride but his Sunday confirmed his difficulties in putting in 2022.

Migliozzi took advantage

Thanks to the rain which made the course much more receptive, and to a very moderate wind, the course proved to be much more “scorable” than on Saturday.

So the Italian Guido Migliozzi returned one of the cards of the day with a nice 66. He climbed back into the top 15 thanks to this beautiful finish. It’s still worse than during his first US Open last year in Torrey Pines where he finished 4th.

LIV’s big arms struggling

Bryson De Chambeau (+13 overall), patrick reed (+10), Dustin Johnson (+4), three of the main “dissidents” of the PGA Tour who left for LIV petrodollars, were struggling this weekend.

With the exception of DJ, in the top 30, they finish far in the rankings, just like Brooks Koepka (+12), the double winner of the tournament.

Power was therefore not the key to success this year at the US Open. The old-school Brookline Country Club was able to counter the heavy hitters.

Perez, see you in St. Andrews

For the record, the only Frenchman competing in this US Open, Victor Perezmissed the cut by four strokes.

It’s the third time he’s been docked after two rounds in the US Open. The Tarbais will try to end a series of 5 missed cuts in major during The Open at home in Scotland.

He could be much more comfortable at Saint Andrews, where he won his greatest victory, at the Dunhill Links Championship in 2019!

The final ranking

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