Matt Fitzpatrick’s absurd bunker shot on way to US Open triumph

Matt Fitzpatrick US Open Champion

Matt Fitzpatrick secured his maiden major crown at the US Open, fending off Will Zalatoris and world number one Scottie Scheffler.

His final round saw him go two-under which saw him finish on six-under to claim the title with five birdies during the final 18.

The Englishman left it late to secure top spot, making two birdies during the last five holes, including a remarkable chip onto the green from the bunker on the final hole.

It left him with a chance to win with a birdie, but he was just wide and settled for a par. Zalatoris couldn’t capitalise and finished one shot off the lead to hand Fitzpatrick glory.

Finding the green from where he was in the bunker under such pressure showed tremendous temperament and bottle.

That was the sort of shot that will be career-defining for the Englishman, who when talking about the shot claimed it was ‘one of the best shots I ever hit, no doubt about it.’

BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS – JUNE 19: Matthew Fitzpatrick of England poses with the trophy after winning the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Ironically, that is the sort of shot he claims to have struggled with this year, the fairway bunker shot, making it even more impressive, landing 12 feet from the pin.

To have such an impressive shot at the climax of a major will make it even more special, that shot will be remembered with the winning moment.

He made history at The Country Club by becoming only the second player to win the men’s US Open and the men’s US Amateur at the same venue. Fitzpatrick follows in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus by achieving the feat.

He claimed he could retire happy tomorrow after achieving a ‘dream’ win, but that’s obviously just a saying, retirement will be the last thing on his mind.

Sky Sports’ Paul McGinley has claimed he is, ‘on the verge of something big’ before going on to predict that he has the ability to win ‘a number of major championships.’

Fitzpatrick has become the first English winner of a major since Danny Willett’s 2016 Masters triumph.

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