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Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick win US Open

Jun 20, 2022

Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick won his first Major tournament at the same venue where he won the US Amateur. The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts was set up in true US Open fashion – hard and tough. After 4 days only nine players were able to better par and it was Fitzpatrick that prevailed over Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris who shared second place. Zalatoris had a putt on the final hole to tie Fitzpatrick on six under par, but his attempt shaved the cup and it was a second runner up finish in a major this year for the promising American.

Fitzpatrick’s ball striking on the final day was incredible and his final round 68 matched his first and third round scores. His second round of even par 70 meant he battled the Country Club beast and won – equalling or bettering par on all four days. Will Zalatoris was the only other player to do the same.

The best round of the tournament was compiled on the final day, with Hideko Matsuyama shooting an astonishing five under 65. His unblemished round included birdies on 6, 7, 12, 13 and 16 and it catapulted him into lone 4th place. Collin Morikawa overcame the disappointment of his third round 77 with a final round 66, and he shared T5 with Rory McIlroy.

Australians Marc Leishman and Adam Scott both had final rounds of 68 to share T14 with nine others – a great major result for the pair. Min Lee Woo won’t be outdone by his major winning Sis, he finished at +5 in a share for T27 and he continues to show he has the game. How good would it be to have a brother and sister winning a major – has it been done before?

Todd Sinnot had a week to remember, finishing T31 in his first Major. Conversely World #6 Cameron Smith had a week to forget, missing the Cut with countryman Lucas Herbert.

In all, 9,300 golfers attempted to qualify for the US Open, with players from all 50 states of America and from 80 countries represented. Ages of those attempting to make the final field of 156 ranged from 13-79. Only the top 60 and ties after the first two rounds get to tee up on the weekend, so outside The US Masters, it’s the toughest cut to make in world golf so hats off to World #439 Todd Sinnot!

Just one major remains for the calendar year – The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews on the Old Course, July 14-17. Bring it on!