England’s Matt Fitzpatrick has won the US Open and emerged victorious from a roller coaster war with Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris on the final day at The Country Club.
All three players had the solo lead from the Major on Monday (AEST) at one point, as the trio continued to switch places in a dramatic final round.
In the end, it was 27-year-old Fitzpatrick – who had never won on the US PGA Tour – who dealt the decisive blow with crucial birdies on the 13th and 15th holes that took him to six-under.
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He took a one-shot over clubhouse leader Scheffler and playing partner Zalatoris to the 18th, where he found the fairway bunker on the left to set up a nervous finish.
Fitzpatrick kept his nerves by playing a clutch approach from the sand to safely find the center of the green before putting two for par. He later called it “one of the best shots I’ve ever had.”
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“I’ll be brutally honest…if there was one shot I struggled with this year that I don’t want to, it’s a fairway bunker shot,” he said.
“I don’t know, I think the power took over. It’s one of the best shots I’ve ever hit…I couldn’t be happier.”
Zalatoris missed the 14-foot birdie putt that would have forced a two-hole playoff by an inch, before falling to his haunches and putting his head in his hands.
The missed putt means Zalatoris – who led after 11 holes – is still looking for his own first win on the US PGA Tour, having finished second at the Masters last year, losing in a playoff to Justin Thomas at this year’s PGA Championship.
Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, is the first Englishman to win a major since Danny Willett at the Masters in 2016, joining Jack Nicklaus as players who have won the US Open at the same venue where they won the US Amateur.
Masters champion and world No. 1 Scheffler settled for a tie for second place and had to miss a chance after starting his round with four birdies over six holes.
Hideki Matsuyama was fourth at three-under, while Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy rounded out the top five at two-under.
Adam Scott and Marc Leishman finished the tournament as the leading Australians, both finishing two-under 68 rounds to finish two-over.
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Fitzpatrick, who finished fifth in the PGA Championship last month for his best previous major result, sank a stunning 48-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole to take part of the lead.
On the 15th, Fitzpatrick shot from the right rough to just within 19 feet and rolled into a tense putt to reach 6-under and take the lead by two.
But after Scheffler birdies on 17 and Zalatoris on 16, Fitzpatrick held a one-stroke lead on the 18th tee.
After the Englishman sent his tee shot into a left fairway bunker, he shot his magnificent approach to 18 feet to win all but the major.
When Zalatoris missed his birdie putt, the title and a record $3.15 million (AUD $4.5 million) belonged to Fitzpatrick.
Final Round Scores on Sunday at the 122nd US Open Golf Championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts:
274 – Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 68-70-68-68
275 – Scottie Scheffler (US) 70-67-71-67, Will Zalatoris (US) 69-70-67-69
277 – Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-70-72-65
278 – Collin Morikawa (USA) 69-66-77-66, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 67-69-73-69
279 – Keegan Bradley (USA) 70-69-69-71, Denny McCarthy (USA) 73-70-68-68, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 66-72-70-71
280 – Gary Woodland (USA) 69-73-69-69, Joel Dahmen (USA) 67-68-74-71
281 – Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-67-71-74, Seamus Power (IRL) 71-70-70-70
282 – Guido Migliozzi (ITA) 72-70-74-66, Sebastian Munoz (COL) 74-69-69-70, Adam Scott (AUS) 69-73-72-68, Marc Leishman (AUS) 70-71-73-68Cameron Tringale (US) 71-71-71-69, Patrick Cantlay (US) 72-71-70-69, Nick Hardy (US) 69-68-73-72, Xander Schauffele (US) 70-69-75 – 68, Hayden Buckley (USA) 68-68-75-71
283 – Kim Jooh-yung (KOR) 72-68-73-70
284 – Mackenzie Hughes (CAN) 72-69-73-70, Dustin Johnson (US) 68-73-71-72, Adam Schenk (US) 70-70-73-71
285 – Sam Burns (USA) 71-67-71-76, Aaron Wise (USA) 68-68-75-74, Min Woo Lee (AUS) 73-70-69-73, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 72-68-73-72
286 – Todd Sinnott (AUS) 71-71-74-70, MJ Daffue (RSA) 67-72-78-69, Andrew Putnam (USA) 72-68-74-72, Patrick Rodgers (USA) 69-68-75-74, Davis Riley ( US) 72-67-73-74, Callum Tarren (ENG) 67-72-78-69
287 – Justin Rose (ENG) 68-73-74-72, Justin Thomas (US) 69-72-72-74, Jordan Spieth (US) 72-70-71-74, Joseph Bramlett (US) 71-72- 72-72, Matthew NeSmith (US) 68-69-74-76, Lee Kyung-Hoon (KOR) 71-72-73-71
288 – Brian Harman (US) 68-69-75-76, Christopher Gotterup (US) 73-69-75-71, Travis Vick (US) 70-69-76-73, Richard Bland (ENG) 70-72- 72-74
289 – Max Homa (USA) 69-73-75-72, Joaquin Niemann (CHI) 71-70-76-72
290 – David Lingmerth (SWE) 67-72-74-77, Patrick Reed (US) 70-71-75-74, Sam Bennett (US) 70-73-74-73, Sam Stevens (US) 71-72- 72-75
291 – Beau Hossler (USA) 69-67-78-77, Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 71-70-78-72
292 – Brooks Koepka (US) 73-67-75-77
293 – Chris Naegel (US) 73-69-77-74, Bryson DeChambeau (US) 71-71-76-75, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 72-71-76-74, Wil Besseling (NED) 71-71- 77-74
296 – Brandon Matthews (USA) 71-69-79-77
297 – Harris English (US) 73-69-78-77, Austin Greaser (US) 72-70-76-79
298 – Grayson Murray (US) 75-67-76-80
299 – Stewart Hagestad (US) 73-70-79-77
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