Sports Desk, Jun 19 (EFE).- Briton Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday won the United States Open, the first major golf championship of his career.
He finished six under par, one shot ahead of Americans Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler, world No. 1.
Fitzpatrick, 27 years old and No. 18 in the world rankings, managed to maintain his advantage of a shot on the last hole, narrowly avoiding a playoff against Zalatoris at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
“It’s what you grow up dreaming of. It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for such a long time,” he said. “And you know there was a big monkey on my back trying to win over here. And everyone, all they ever talked about was that. And you know, to do it as a major for my first win, there’s nothing better.”
He considered that his key was being patient and not losing his cool throughout the course, particularly when he hit the ball into a bunker on the 18th hole.
The Sheffield native is only the third player to win both the US Amateur and the US Open titles at same site, and the first from outside the US to win both. EFE