Matt Fitzpatrick Wins at Brookline Country Club, his First Major Win

English player Matt Fitzpatrick has won his first major title at the US Open in Brookline. The 27-year-old was immediately swamped by family and friends after his win. Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to win in 52 years.

He had shot a two-under 68, beating Scottie Scheffler (67) and Will Zalatoris (69).

“It’s what you grow up dreaming of,” said Fitzpatrick. “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.”

When he was still an amateur in 2013, Fitzpatrick also won the US Amateur title at Brookline. He and Jack Nicklaus are the only two men to win both at the same venue. Fitzpatrick is also the first non-American player to win both.

One of the most memorable moments of his game came in the 18th hole where he orchestrated a stunning shot from the fairway bunker.

“If there’s one shot I just did not want this year it’s a fairway bunker shot,” said Fitzpatrick. “When I saw it leave the sand I couldn’t be happier.”

Speaking of his wins at both the Amateur Open and US Open, he said, “It’s meant the world.

“I’ve obviously won here twice now. I’m trying to get every tour event around here. To stay with them this week has made it so much more relaxing. There’s no pressure and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Northern Irish player Rory McIlroy hugged Fitzpatrick after his impressive 18th hole shot.

When speaking about his placement, McIlroy said, “I’ll look back at this as another missed opportunity just as Southern Hills was, but missed opportunities are better than not contending at all.

“So that is a positive. I have to stay patient at this point because if I just keep putting myself in position, sooner or later it’s going to be my day and I’m going to get one.”

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