2022 US Open leaderboard, winner: Matt Fitzpatrick breaks through first major, wins PGA Tour

The world’s second best non-PGA Tour golfer in his career finally made it on Sunday while simultaneously breaking the top level of golf with his first major championship. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, on Sunday with two sparrows and no bogeyman through the last seven holes to seal the championship at 6-under.

Fitzpatrick, 27, beat his 54-hole co-leader Will Zlatoris and 2022 Masters champion Scotty Scheffler by one stroke to lift the trophy.

Having previously won the 2013 American Amateur Award at The Country Club, Fitzpatrick added to his USGA total in dramatic fashion by winning the 122nd US Open. In doing so, he joined Jack Nicklaus and Juli Inkster as the only players to win both tournaments at the same venue, making He cemented his place in the annals of golf history.

The number 18 player in the golf world rankings broke Fitzpatrick on Sunday after what had already been a solid season in the majors. The Englishman previously finished T14 at the Masters in April and T5 at the PGA Championship last month.

However, it has not been an easy road for Fitzpatrick to this point, and his recent tour of The Country Club was the perfect summation of this. Whether he would choose to admit it or not, doubt had to creep in as he missed chances to win events over the years.

A player who has long thrived due to a combination of accuracy and finesse, Fitzpatrick came into 2022 as a fully retooled player. That was evident this week because the name for Fitzpatrick’s game was consistency. While others came out with noticeably lower runs early in the championship, he shot 2-under the first 36 holes with a par 70 on Friday before posting 68secs on Moving Day to take the lead.

Fitzpatrick was up and down through the front nine on Sunday, and two bogeys in the start from the back made it look as if he was going to sit again on the outside of the trophy display.

A short foul on a 10 par-4 was followed by three inexplicable hits on the short 3 11. A quick three-stroke swing with Zalatoris breathing down his neck could have left Fitzpatrick reeling. It could have added a career full of close calls, but instead of fading away, Fitzpatrick is starting to thrive.

A confirmed birdie in 4 par-4 brought 13 Fitzpatrick back into a share of the lead with Zalatoris at 5 under. Two holes later, after missing the fairway, Fitzpatrick hit one of the best iron shots of the day to create a birdie look along the 4-bar 15. With Zalatoris in stealth, Fitzpatrick walked in third and momentarily took a one-hit lead.

Although both Zalatoris and Scheffler pulled inside one after turning the birds down the extension, Fitzpatrick never gave up.

After trading the pars with Zalatoris on the accessible 17th, Fitzpatrick went to hole 72 with a one-hit edge and made the only mistake she couldn’t make when he found the bunker vault from the tee. He took it on the chin, after a foul with a career-defining shot over the green that made up his US Open victory. Fitzpatrick missed an 18-foot jumper to take the win, but Zalatoris missed a similar 14-foot shot with his hair as Fitzpatrick scored his third 68 of the Tournament and first win on the PGA Tour.

“If there’s one shot I’ve struggled with this year that I don’t want, it’s a shot that is holed up in the fairway,” Fitzpatrick said of his approach to hole number 72. “Think [caddie] Billy [Foster] just took. It’s one of the best shots I’ve ever had. When I saw him leave the sand and felt the blow, I couldn’t be happier.”

Fitzpatrick’s style has also won praise from one of the game’s greats.

“That’s hot [he] Nicklaus wrote on Twitter: “Playing outside the bunker vault at 18 was one of the greatest under pressure irons I’ve ever seen.”[Matt] She spoke several times at The Bear’s Club about his victory in the United States. He did it today in great fashion, winning the best of them all – the US Open! I am sure many more victories will follow.”

The US Open is often described as “the toughest test in golf”. Most believe that this is the case due to circumstances. They certainly play a role, but the USGA’s mental challenge far exceeds them. Competing in the US Open is truly a roller coaster of emotions, and one small misstep can eventually bring one down.

Fitzpatrick had his fair share of errors on Sunday, but he took punches like a champ. In the process, he threw off the title he had been burdened with for so long, silencing his skeptics and reigning at the helm of the sport with the National Championship Cup.

“No words,” Fitzpatrick said after lifting the trophy. “It’s what you dream about growing up. It’s something I worked hard for – for a long time – it was a big monkey on my back trying to win [in the United States]. That’s all everyone was talking about that was it. To do that with Raed for my first win, there’s nothing better.”

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T2. Will Zalatores and Scottie Scheffler (-5): It’s an inch game after all, and when Zalatoris and Scheffler narrowly missed bird chances on the 72nd hole, Fitzpatrick became the US Open champion. It was a brave effort by Zalatoris, who added a birdie on the 16th after making him a bogeyman in the 4th minute and gave himself two more realistic chances to enter. The first victory comes – just like Fitzpatrick’s win – in a major tournament as he has now achieved three runner-up results in just nine games and top 10 in all seven major tournaments he has played in over the weekend.

Schaeffler said of his close friend, “Will is a really talented player. He’s mentally strong. That’s why he’s doing so well.” “It only happens in the last two majors he’s faced against great champions Fitzy and Justin Thomas. It’s one of those deals where you keep knocking on the door and you keep your position in the right place, and he’ll come through. I’m sure he’ll win one of those when all is said and done. everything “.

4 – Hideki Matsuyama (-3): The 5-under 65, low round of the day propelled the former Masters champion into the competition when he was late most days of the week. It’s been a strange year for Matsuyama as he struggled with injury, was disqualified and now finished in the top five at a major tournament. “Yeah, honestly, I don’t feel like this is 100% my performance, but it gives me a lot of boost in my confidence,” Matsuyama said. “So, I’m going to do my best, and I’ll try to connect that momentum with my next game, and I’ll be ready for that.”

T5. Colin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy (-2): If I had told Morikawa at the start of the week that he was going to sign for three rounds in the ’60s, he would have taken it quick. Unfortunately, a third-round 77 score – his worst result in a major tournament – derailed his US Open ambitions. However, his playing in The Country Club marked another strong end to a major tournament. In 11 main matches, the 25-year-old has two wins, twice in the top five, and another result in the top ten well. He now has his sights set on St Andrews for the Open Championship as he hopes to successfully defend his title.

“I don’t know if I’ve found something. I think it just taught me to play golf,” said Morikawa, insisting his game wasn’t where he wanted it for most of the tournament. “This year he’s focused a lot on trying to hit that cut and trying to be so perfect, that’s who I am, but just go out and play. Things are going to be tough, the ball won’t go exactly where you want it to, but just find out.”

Meanwhile, McIlroy was entering the weekend at 4, but the third round 73 put him far enough from the leaders that he needs to cut back on his errors on Sunday to get a shot. Instead, I fired my first 11 holes in 1, and two birds along the stretch weren’t enough to put it in contention. Rory, who has been playing some of the best golf in years, is still chasing his first major championship since 2014.