A magnificent three-way fight for final success at the US Open has just ended. To prevail is Matthew Fitzpatrick, known as Matt, who becomes the first Englishman to win a Major from Danny Willett at the 2016 Masters. Not only that: he becomes the second player, after Jack Nicklaus, to win on the same path US Amateur and US Open, paired succeeded now 13 times in history.
For the 27-year-old from Sheffield (-2 of the day and -6 total, 68 70 68 68) there is not only this first Major success without having ever won on the PGA Tour before (but on the European circuit he had triumphed seven times): he arrives, in fact, even the entry, for the first time in his career, in the top 10 in the world.
Matt Fitzpatrick, Us Open
A heated fight especially in the second nine holes, with Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris skilled in responding blow for blow even with authentic numbers in the form of very long putts.
In the end, it all comes down to 17 and 18: Zalatoris has the putt to go up to -6 at 17, but he is just short, while Fitzpatrick stays at -6 hitting just to the left. The Englishman, however, starts the tee shot of the last hole in the bunker, but creates a great second shot from there and, then, after trying to pocket with the first putt he decides to insert the second without waiting for the American.
. Zalatoris tries everything from a similar position, from left to right, but the ball passes by millimeters to the left: he is second place together with the number 1 in the world. At -3, in fourth position, a great Hideki Matsuyama ends: the Japanese is the best today with a lap in -5, without even a bogey to characterize him.
Fifth two of the disappointed of the tournament: if for Collin Morikawa, beyond the final -2, the possibilities have all disappeared together with the 77 of the third round, for Rory McIlroy on the one hand there is a decent consistency only partially soiled by the 73 still of the moving day, but on the other hand there is an important novelty.
The Northern Irishman, in fact, returns to number 2 of the OWGR, behind the currently unreachable Scheffer. Still in the USA, Denny McCarthy and Keegan Bradley closed seventh at -1, accompanied by the slight descent of Canadian Adam Hadwin.
In tenth position, the only others to remain at least even with par are Gary Woodland and Joel Dahmen, with the latter having to say goodbye to dreams of greater height in the second nine. For Guido Migliozzi comes a good final, which allows him to recover over 30 positions and, in the end, classifies him in 14th place.
For him a last lap of -4, among the best of the day, which allows him to finish at +2 attached to the best, including the Spaniard Jon Rahm and the excellent version of the Irish Seamus Power, both at +1 with the 12th place.
The Vicenza’s name is accompanied by that of several big names, from Xander Schauffele to Patrick Cantlay, and this result, undoubtedly the best of the season, strengthens his status as number 1 in Italy, aiming to become the turning point of what so far it has been a year that has been largely crooked.