At the US Open, Matt Fitzpatrick Wins His First Big Championship

BROOKLINE, Mass. – This year’s US Open started as a never-before-seen battle between golfers who were loyal to the PGA Tour set up by a breakaway group of former teammates who recently joined the new Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf series, rebels. . But the expected dispute at the Country Club outside Boston was disrupted in the first round on Thursday when golfers from both camps met without friction.

Players linked to LIV Golf also faded from an earlier dispute.

As of Sunday, the ongoing division in men’s paid golf could not be resolved, but was overshadowed by last-round shootout shots between the three best players of the game: Matt Fitzpatrick, 27, of England, and Americans Will Zalatoris, 25, and Scottie Scheffler, 25.

In the end, Fitzpatrick, who won the American Amateur at Country Club nine years ago, survived the game, claiming his first victory in the major golf championships and on the PGA Tour and the 68th round of the fourth round that put him under team level. the competition. Fitzpatrick earned $ 3.15 million for the victory.

Zalatoris and Scheffler were behind the same stroke.

The fourth round full of pressure dropped to the last two holes with Fitzpatrick leading by one stroke over Zalatoris, his playing partner. He had the advantage of two strokes over Scheffler, who had eliminated two groups before Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris, leaders of the third round.

But Scheffler jumped the 17th hole to reach the bottom five and tied Zalatoris, who like Fitzpatrick reached the 17th hole.

It came down to 444 yards, par-4 pit 18, the right pit of the State Club. Zalatoris fired his shot at the airport and fired a second shot up to 14 feet. Fitzpatrick fired his left-hand tee into the yawning bedroom, but from 156 yards he fired a sharp metal shot that was attached to the green and stopped for 17 feet. from the pit.

Fitzpatrick then boldly put-two for par. The Zalatoris birdie putt bound Fitzpatrick and initiated a flight of less than an inch to the left of the pit.

When Saturday’s third round was played with strong winds that made the vegetables firmer and faster – giving only seven rounds below the level – Sunday’s situation was relatively good. Country Club is an awesome course in any weather, but the forecast was of cold temperatures and moderate strong winds that preceded another difficult day for the best golfers in the world. Instead, the wind subsided and the cloud cover made it a pleasant day in the 60’s. Above all, a one-night storm poured a quarter of an inch of rain on the club’s small vegetables, which slowed down and made the setting less difficult.

Thus, the field may be even more spectacular, especially if the bullet landed on the highway. In some cases, however, it may give golfers a false belief if costly errors were still common.

Zalatoris started the day tied with the lead with Fitzpatrick four below standard but faltered early when he scored three goals from 67 feet below the second hole for bogey. Then, at the next hole, he fired his second shot into the green bunker, which resulted in the second bogey in a row. But the Zalatorians seemed seldom shocked. He aligned himself with three pars in a row and in the sixth par-3, 158-yard hole, he fired his 2-foot shot from the flag for a simple flight. The Zalatoris approach reached the 4th green section from 164 yards jumped into the green and rolled just one inch left of the hole. Tap-in his birdie back four under par on all sides. When Zalatoris plunged a 17-foot flight into the ninth hole, he took a five-hour shift below the level, just one blow behind Fitzpatrick.

After enough balance in pit 10, Zalatoris played intelligently and safely on the slope of par-3 pit 11, which was playing only 108 yards on Sunday (with a very difficult area of ​​the left back hole). Zalatoris dropped his shot at the bottom of the pit and rolled on an 18-foot putt for the plane to move six below the level, which gave him the leadership of the race at the time. But the best route missed from grade 12 resulted in a short green layout and ultimately extraordinary.

After watching Zalatoris drop to five below the level, Fitzpatrick, who was tied for second place and entered the final round of the PGA championship last month, attacked. Standing on a 48-foot putt for the plane in the 13th hole, he rolled the snake putt, from left to right slowly but firmly into the hole to tie Zalatoris.

Like everyone else on Sunday’s board of directors, Fitzpatrick’s round was not as unpredictable. He started strong with three pars and two birdies in his opening five holes. But his shot at the sixth par-3 hole was too long, traveling 66 feet over the hole, which resulted in a bogey. Fitzpatrick joined the luxury flight on the 5th but as many on Sunday he could not keep up the pace. He stumbled into the 10th hole when the second long shot was short green and led to another bogey. Then the 11-year-old tortured Fitzpatrick as a 7-foot goat slipped through a hole for the second bogey in a row.

Scheffler appeared to lead the pitch on Saturday with nine in front, but bounced back with a bogey column behind nine. On Sunday, Scheffler carved nine forwards again, with four planes in the first six holes. Scheffler’s photographs of small, devilish vegetables were accurate and his work on the skillful surfaces of the set was excellent as three of his four early puppies were transformed from outside the 12-foot-tall.

But then Scheffler’s stroke did not leave him as he needed three putts to get his ball into the hole from 38 feet in hole 10. Worse, in the 11th devil hole, Scheffler’s par putt from 7 feet closed the hole and went out for the second consecutive bogey of three putt that dropped him to four below the level of competition. Scheffler remained in battle despite having five consecutive levels from 12th to 16th.

Hideki Matsuyama scored one of the best early goals when he hit five under-65 teams with five planes and without other players finishing the championship at three below standard. Matsuyama needed only 25 putts in his final round.

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