Fitzpatrick wins U.S. Open for maiden major title

Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Open at The Country Club by one shot over world number one Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris on Sunday to claim his first major title.

Matt Fitzpatrick in action.   -  AP

Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Open at The Country Club by one shot over world number one Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris on Sunday to claim his first major title.

Fitzpatrick, who began the day in a share of the lead with playing partner Zalatoris and one shot clear of defending champion Jon Rahm, shot a closing two-under-par 68 that left him at six under on the week at the year's third major.

The 27-year-old arrived at the final hole one shot clear of Zalatoris and Masters champion Scheffler, who was already in the clubhouse at five under, but sent his tee shot into a fairway bunker to set up a nervy finish.

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From there, Fitzpatrick delivered a clutch shot that reached the green and two-putted from 18 feet to seal the biggest win of his career.

It marked the second time Fitzpatrick had tasted success at the challenging Brookline venue outside Boston where he also won the 2013 U.S. Amateur that kickstarted his career.

Zalatoris, the PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year, sent his birdie chance at the last just past the left side of the cup to finish runner-up at a major for the third time after falling short at the 2021 Masters and last month's PGA Championship.

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