This was his first major title for the 27-year-old Fitzpatrick. In his last seven holes, he made two volleys, finished his last round with 68 strokes, 2 under par, and that was enough to win on the track as he had already won as an amateur nine years ago. It yielded Fitzpatrick, who scored a total of 274 hits (6 under par), as well as plenty of honors, as well as a dirty €3 million.
‘It feels unreal’
Will Besling finished joint fifty-sixth in his US Open debut. The 36-year-old North Hollander was good at 74 strokes and 293 strokes on Sunday, and Besling slipped the rankings in his first major championship after a moderate third round of 77 strokes. The golfer completed the first two rounds in 71 strokes, making it easier to pick on the weekend.
Fitzpatrick fell after it became apparent that he had secured his first major in the arms of his brother Alex. He’s been his caddy since his first success at the Brooklyn Country Club. “It feels unreal,” said the Briton, ranked 18th in the world, in tears at the start of the tournament. “It’s a cliché, but it’s what I dreamed of as a kid. I can actually retire as a happy man now.”
For Fitzpatrick, this was not only his first major title, but he didn’t even win a championship on the US PGA Tour. “I’ve worked hard for this for a long time.” Only Jack Nicklaus managed to win the Amateur title and the US Open on the same golf course. The American golf legend was one of the first to congratulate Fitzpatrick over the phone.
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