England‘s Matt Fitzpatrick has won again at The Country Club, this time with the most prestigious of trophies.
In 2013, he was the US Amateur champion. The winner of the US Open on Sunday.
Matt Fitzpatrick gained control of a three-way duel at Brookline that went down to the wire with a terrific break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot swing. He was even more clutch coming out of a fairway bunker on the 18th hole when he set up par for a 2-under 68.
Will Zalatoris, who had shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity, went to his knees when his 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th narrowly slid past the left side of the cup. Zalatoris finished second in the major for the second time in a row.
Scottie Scheffler, the Masters champion, never recovered from back-to-back bogeys on the back nine. On the 18th, he had a 25-foot birdie opportunity that he barely missed, leaving him one behind.
Matt Fitzpatrick Is the Second Guy To Win Both The US Amateur And US Open, Following Jack Nicklaus
Matt Fitzpatrick joins Jack Nicklaus as the second man to win the US Amateur and the US Open on the same course he did at Pebble Beach. At Prairie Dunes, Juli Inkster won the US Women’s Amateur and US Women’s Open.
Matt Fitzpatrick also wore the gold Jack Nicklaus medal around his neck and the $3.15 million in prize money.
Matt Fitzpatrick, who briefly played at Northwestern before becoming pro, won for the eighth time in his career, and it was his first in the United States — or at least a competition that everyone is aware of.
Matt Fitzpatrick stated he won the member-member competition at The Bear’s Club in Florida, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, at the beginning of the year.
Fitzpatrick said he was given a bit of abuse at the beginning of the year, however, he sent his heartfelt congratulations for winning for the states.
After lightly lifting the trophy, Fitzpatrick texted Nicklaus a playful message: “Jack, I won for the second time.”