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US Open: Fitzpatrick is the winner again

BROOKLINE, Mass. –

Matt Fitzpatrick of England won The Country Club again, this time with the biggest titles.

A 2013 US Amateur Champion. Sunday US Open Champion.

In a three-way fight at Brookline, Fitzpatrick took control with a superb break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot swing. He clutched even more from a fairway bunker on the 18th, setting a par for 2 under 68.

Victory wasn’t guaranteed until Will Zalatoris, who had shown great combat after every mistake, dropped to his knees as his 15-foot birdie on the 18th just missed to the left of the cup. Zalatoris was runner-up in the major for the second consecutive year.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler never recovered from his backstrokes to start ninth. He had a chance to touch the ball at 25 feet on the 18th but missed it and left him with a goal.

Fitzpatrick is the second person to win the US Amateur and US Open in the same course, along with Jack Nicklaus, who turned the tables at Pebble Beach. Juli Inkster won the US Women’s Amateur and US Women’s Open championships at Prairie Dunes.

Along with the prize money of 3.15 million USD, Fitzpatrick also has a gold medal Jack Nicklaus worn around his neck.

Fitzpatrick, who played briefly at Northwestern before turning pro, has won his eighth worldwide and it’s his first time in the US – at least a tournament where everyone is known.

Fitzpatrick said he won a membership at the Bear Club in Florida earlier in the year, the course Nicklaus built.

“He gave me a little bit of abuse at the beginning of the year,” said Fitzpatrick.

And then slightly lifting the championship trophy, Fitzpatrick sent a cheerful message to Nicklaus: “Jack, I won for the second time”.

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