Matt Fitzpatrick achieves thrilling victory at the US Open
Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Matt Fitzpatrick for his thrilling victory at the US Open golf championship at Brookline Country Club. Fitzpatrick becomes only the fourth Englishman to win the US Open in the last 100 years, joining Justin Rose, Tony Jacklin and Cyril Walker.
Fitzpatrick also achieved another historical feat, becoming only the second man to win both the US Open and the US Amateur Open at the same venue. The legendary Jack Nicklaus achieved the feat at Pebble Beach, and now Fitzpatrick has done it at Brookline.
Fitzpatrick is also the only non-American to have won both championships.
Hard work and patience pay off
Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick has been described as not the most naturally gifted golfer, but certainly one of the most dedicated and hard-working. He confirmed this view after his championship win, saying: “It’s what you grow up dreaming of. It’s something I’ve worked so hard for, for such a long time. I’ve got to give myself credit, I had so much patience.”
Compared to fellow golfing legend Nick Faldo due to his game having no obvious faults, Fitzpatrick won his first major title with a one-shot victory that went down to the final hole. He kept his nerve to hold off the admirable efforts of Will Zalatoris and the world number one, Scottie Scheffler.
150th Open Championship
Attention now turns to the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July. There is a strong British contingent ranked in the top 50 this year, including Rory Mcllroy, who was on the final green of the US Open to give Fitzpatrick a hug as he celebrated. Fitzpatrick himself will also be there, as well as Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, and Justin Rose who are all hoping to win the famous Claret Jug.
There is also the tantalising prospect of Tiger Woods entering the tournament. He is certainly hoping to play, which will be an incredible return for the 15-time major winner after he nearly lost his right leg in a serious car crash last February.
Woods has recovered well though and made his initial return at the US PGA Championship in May. However, he withdrew from the tournament after only three rounds of the worst golf he’s ever played and has indicated it was too much too soon. He missed the US Open to work on getting stronger, but currently intends to take part at St. Andrews.
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