Matt Fitzpatrick came into this year’s 2022 U.S. Open as one of the underdogs, but that didn’t stop him from walking away with the top prize. The English golfer won his very first major championship and his first PGA Tour event at this tournament on Sunday.
Fitzpatrick had to face some pretty tough competition to win his very first title and finished the tournament with a score of 274, six-under-par. It was a close race until the very last moment, and he finished only a shot ahead of Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.
What. A. Day. From being a little kid this is a moment I could only dream of. To achieve one of my career goals yesterday was truly incredible. Words really can’t describe the feeling of winning a major, it’s 1000x better than I ever thought it would be. pic.twitter.com/aYVzWDWroR— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) June 20, 2022
Despite coming into the tournament with zero major titles under his belt, the 27-year-old golfer felt confident in his abilities after putting a lot of patience and hard work into his training.
“I’ve got confidence in myself. I back myself. I really feel like I can compete out here. I feel like I’m better than what I’ve already achieved, I really do. I think for me this is such a special thing for the work that I’ve put in over the last few years to pay off into this,” Fitzpatrick told BBC Sport.
The 2022 United States Open Championship took place at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, between June 16-19. Fitzpatrick became the second male golfer after Jack Nicklaus to win both U.S Open and U.S. Amateur titles at the same venue.