England’s Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 US Open by one stroke to claim his first major title

Brooklyn, Massachusetts – Matt Fitzpatrick of England is champion once again at The Country Club, this time with the most prestigious awards.

2013 US Amateur Champion. Sunday US Open Champion.

In a three-way fight in Brooklyn that fell to the wire, Fitzpatrick seized control with a great break and a better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot swing. It was way more manageable than the 18th Fairway bunker I set up at 2-under 68.

Victory wasn’t safe until Will Zalatores, who showed a stunning combat from every foul, fell to his knees when the 15-foot-tall jumper slid on the 18th from the left side of the cup. Zalatoris was a second straight runner-up.

Masters Champion Scotty Scheffler never recovered from the stealth streak to start his nine defense. He had the chance of a 25-foot-tall bird on the 18th that just missed him and left him behind.

Fitzpatrick hit 17 greens in regulation. He is the second player from England over the past 50 years to win the US Open, joining Justin Rose in 2013. At 27, he is also the youngest player from England to win a major since Tony Jacqueline at the US Open in 1970.

Fitzpatrick also became the 13th men’s golfer overall to win both the American Amateur and the US Open in his career. He is the second man to win the US Amateur and US Open at the same track, joining Jack Nicklaus who accomplished the feat at Pebble Beach. Julie Inkster won the U.S. Amateur Women’s Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes.

Along with a $3.15 million prize money, Fitzpatrick received that Jack Nicklaus Gold Medal around his neck.

Fitzpatrick, who played briefly at Northwestern before turning pro, won his eighth world title, and this was his first time in America — at least in a tournament everyone knows.

Fitzpatrick said he won the member at The Bear’s Club in Florida at the start of the year, a track that Nicklaus built.

“He offended me a little bit earlier in the year,” Fitzpatrick said of Nicklaus. “Finally,” he said. Congratulations on winning in the United States.”

And then raising the cup a little, Fitzpatrick sent Niklaus a pleasant message: “Jack, you won a second time.”

Fitzpatrick is the first player since Graeme McDowell in 2010 to win his first PGA Tour at the US Open.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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