US Open 2022 standings, winner: Matt Fitzpatrick rehearsals for first major championship, PGA Tour victory

The second highest ranked golfer in the world without a win in the PGA Tour of his career finally won one Sunday while simultaneously breaking the top echelon of golf with his first major championship. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts, on Sunday with two birds and no mascot in the last seven holes to win the tournament at 6 fewer.

Fitzpatrick, 27, overtook his 54-hole co-leader Will Zalatoris and 2022 Masters champion Scotty Scheffler to lift the trophy.

After previously winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur Tournament at The Country Club, Fitzpatrick added his dramatic sum to the USGA with a victory at the 122nd US Open. He thus joined Jack Nicklaus and Julie Inxter as the only players to win both championships in the same place, consolidating their place in the annals of golf history.

Player № 18 in the official world golf rankings, Fitzpatrick broke on Sunday after what was already a strong season of major championships. The Englishman previously finished the Masters T14 in April and the PGA Championship T5 last month.

Still, the road has not been easy for Fitzpatrick so far and his last round at The Country Club was the perfect encapsulation of it. Whether he chose to admit it or not, doubt had to creep in as he missed opportunities to win events over the years.

A player who always thrives on his combination of precision and skill, Fitzpatrick entered 2022 as a completely revamped player. This was evident this week, as the name of the game for Fitzpatrick was consistency. While others came out with significantly lower rounds at the start of the tournament, he shot 2 fewer in the first 36 holes with an even 70 on Friday before posting a second 68 on Moving Day to take the lead.

Fitzpatrick was up and down in the previous nine on Sunday, and two Taliban, starting at the back, made it look like he would be sitting on the outside of the trophy presentation again.

A short miss on par-4 10th was followed by inexplicably three shots on short par-3 11th. A quick three-stroke swing with Zalatoris breathing down his neck could make Fitzpatrick hesitate. A career full of close calls could add another, but instead of drying up, Fitzpatrick began to thrive.

An efficient bird on par-4 13th returned Fitzpatrick to a share of the lead with Zalatoris at 5 less. Two holes later, after missing the fairway, Fitzpatrick made one of the best iron strokes of the day to create a bird’s eye view of the long steam-4 15th. After Zalatoris got out of fear, Fitzpatrick entered his third and for a moment grabbed a two-stroke lead.

Although both Zalatoris and Scheffler pulled into one after transforming the birdies on the site, Fitzpatrick never gave up.

After exchanging money with Zalatoris on the affordable 17th, Fitzpatrick went to the 72nd hole with one hit and made the only mistake you couldn’t make when you found the fairway bunker outside these. He took it on his chin after a career-defensive mistake in the green that set his triumph at the US Open. Fitzpatrick missed an 18-foot bird strike to win, but Zalatoris missed a similar 14-foot haircut as Fitzpatrick scored his third 68th of the tournament and first win in the PGA Tour.

“If there was one shot I fought this year that I just didn’t want, it was a shot from a fairway bunker,” Fitzpatrick said of his approach to the 72nd hole. “I guess so [caddie] Billy [Foster] just eat. This is one of the best shots I’ve ever made. When I saw him leave the sand and felt the impact, I couldn’t be happier. “

The US Open is often and rightly described as “the toughest test in golf.” Most believe that this is due to the conditions. They certainly play a role, but the mental challenge that USGA poses far exceeds them. Competing in the US Open is really a wave of emotions and a small wrong step can be a possible failure.

Fitzpatrick had his fair share of errors on Sunday, but endured the blows as a champion. During the trial, he dropped the nickname he had spent so long, silencing skeptics and reigning at the top of the sport with the national championship trophy.

“No words,” Fitzpatrick said after lifting the trophy. “This is what you grow and dream about. This is something I’ve worked so hard for – for so long – was a big monkey on my back trying to win [in the United States]. That’s all everyone was talking about. There is nothing better than doing it with great success for my first victory. “

Here is a breakdown of the rest of the US Open 2022 rankings

T2. Will Zalaris and Scotty Scheffler (-5): After all, it’s a game of inches, and when Zalatoris and Scheffler narrowly missed opportunities for birds on the 72nd hole, Fitzpatrick became your US Open champion. This was a valiant effort by Zalatoris, who after making a bogey on par-4 15h added a bird on the 16th and gave himself two more realistic opportunities to enter. The first victory – like that of Fitzpatrick – comes at a major championship, as he now has three runners-up in just nine appearances and a top 10 in all seven major tournaments he played over the weekend.

“Will is a really talented player. He is strong mentally. That’s why he performs so well,” Scheffler said of his good friend. “That’s what happened to the last two big tournaments, where he faced great champions in Fitz and Justin Thomas. This is one of those deals where you keep knocking on the door and putting yourself in a position, and he will pass. I am sure he will win one of them when everything is said and done. “

4. Hideki Matsuyama (-3): 5-under 65, the lowest lap of the day, pushed the former Masters champion into a dispute when he was late for most of the week. It was a strange year for Matsuyama as he struggled with injury, was disqualified and now finished in the top five in a major championship. “Yes, to be honest, I don’t think this is my 100% performance, but it gives me a lot of boost in my confidence,” Matsuyama said. “So, I will do my best, I will try to connect this momentum with my next game and I will be prepared for it.”

T5. Colin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy (-2): If you told Morikawa earlier this week that he would sign for three rounds in the ’60s, he would take it for a moment. Unfortunately, 77 in the third round – his worst result in a major championship – thwarted his aspirations at the US Open. However, his performance at The Country Club marked another strong finish in major. In 11 major appearances, the 25-year-old has two wins, two places in the top 5 and another result in the top 10 for a good score. He is now heading to St. Andrews for The Open Championship, where he hopes to successfully defend his title.

“I do not know if I found anything. I think he just taught me that I’m just going to play golf, “said Morikawa, who insisted that his game was not where he wanted to be for most of the championship. “This year was so focused on trying to hit that cut and try to be so perfect, and that’s me, but just go out and play. Things will be difficult, the ball will not go exactly where you want it to, but just understand it. “

McIlroy, meanwhile, came into the weekend with four fewer, but a third round of 73 put him far enough behind the leaders that he had to minimize his mistakes on Sunday to stand a chance. Instead, she shot the first 11 holes in 1 above, and two birds down the stretch were not enough to get him into an argument. Rory, who has been playing some of his best golf for years, is still aiming for his first major championship since 2014.

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