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US Open 2022 Leaderboard, Winner: Matt Fitzpatrick breaks through to first major championship, PGA Tour win

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The second-highest-ranked golfer in the world without a career PGA Tour win finally claimed a Sunday while also blasting through golf’s top echelon with his first major championship. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 US Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts on Sunday with two birdies and no bogeys over the last seven holes to clinch the tournament at 6-under.

The 27-year-old Fitzpatrick edged out 54-hole co-leader Will Zalatoris and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler by one stroke to lift the trophy.

Having previously won the 2013 US Amateur at The Country Club, Fitzpatrick increased his USGA total in spectacular fashion with a win at the 122nd US Open. In doing so, he joined Jack Nicklaus and Julie Inkster as the only players to win both championships at the same venue, cementing his place in the annals of golf history.

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The No. 18 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Fitzpatrick broke through on Sunday after what had already been a strong season in the major championships. The Englishman previously finished T14 at the Masters in April and T5 at the PGA Championship last month.

Still, it hadn’t been an easy road for Fitzpatrick to this point, and his final round at The Country Club was a perfect summation of this. Whether he chose to admit it or not, the question had to arise as he missed opportunities to win events over the years.

Fitzpatrick, a player who had always thrived on his combination of accuracy and putting prowess, entered 2022 a completely new player. That was evident this week as the name of the game for Fitzpatrick was consistency. While others came out with remarkably low rounds early in the tournament, he shot 2-under through the first 36 holes with a par-70 on Friday before posting a second 68 on move-in day to take the co-lead.

Fitzpatrick was up and down the front nine on Sunday, and two bogeys to start the back end made it look like he was once again sitting on the outside of a trophy presentation.

A minor miss on the par-4 10th hole was followed by an inexplicable triple putt on the short par-3 11th hole. A quick three-shot swing with Zalatoris breathing down his neck could have left Fitzpatrick reeling. A career filled with close calls could have added another, but instead of withering, Fitzpatrick began to thrive.

An emphatic birdie on the par-4 13th put Fitzpatrick back within a share of the lead with Zalatoris at 5-under. Two holes later, after missing the fairway, Fitzpatrick hit one of the best irons of the day to create a birdie on the long par-4 15. With Zalatoris bogey, Fitzpatrick walked on his third and momentarily took a two stroke lead.

Although Zalatoris and Scheffler closed within one after scoring birdies down the stretch, Fitzpatrick never gave up.

After exchanging pairs with Zalatoris on the accessible 17th, Fitzpatrick went to the 72nd hole a shot ahead and made the one mistake he couldn’t make when he found the fairway bunker off the tee. He caught it on the chin, following up the error with a shot to the green that defined his career and set up his US Open win. Fitzpatrick missed an 18-foot birdie putt to clinch the win, but Zalatoris missed a similar 14-foot putt by a hair as Fitzpatrick recorded his third 68 of the tournament and his first PGA Tour victory.

The US Open is often and rightly described as “the toughest test in golf”. Most believe that to be the case because of the conditions. They certainly play a role, but the mental challenge that the USGA sets out far outweighs them. Competing at the US Open is truly a roller coaster of emotions, and one small misstep can be the ultimate undoing.

Fitzpatrick had his fair share of errors on Sunday, but he took the hits like a champ. In the process, he shed the nickname he’s held for so long, silencing skeptics of him and reigning at the top of the sport with the national championship trophy.

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