Daily uk news 'I can't spend my life worrying about golf': How Matt Fitzpatrick's phone call with Ukrainian tennis star ex-girlfriend in her war-torn homeland gave his life new perspective... three months before his US Open win PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - New English golf superstar Matt Fitzpatrick got a new perspective on the sport thanks to his Ukrainian ex-girlfriend - then powered to US Open history three months later.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! New English golf superstar Matt Fitzpatrick has today revealed how he was inspired to his historic US Open win by a phone call from his Ukranian tennis star ex-girlfriend.On Sunday the 27-year-old became just the third Englishman since 1924 to win the coveted title - after Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013. Alongside the prestigious title, the Sheffield-born golf star has also netted a cool £2.5million ($3.5million) prize pot.But he says his historic win might never have been, but for a perspective changing phone call from his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khazaniuk.He called the Ukrainian tennis star to check-up on her following Russia's invasion of her home country earlier this year. And he says the conversation caused him to rethink his porting mentality and paved the way to his US Open triumph.He said: 'She was telling me about her gran who had a couple of strokes recently and can hardly walk, so she can't go anywhere.'Then she told me about her uncle who had just packed his bags and was off to fight tomorrow.'I was sitting there in Florida ready to practise and it hit me, the contrast between the fact he might never come back and what I do. Matthew Fitzpatrick of England celebrates with the DP World Tour Championship trophy alongside Deniz Khazaniuk in December 2020 Matt Fitzpatrick's ex Deniz Khazaniuk - who is a tennis player - poses in the sun on the beach Matt says his historic win might never have been, but for a perspective changing phone call from his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khazaniuk (pictured) Deniz (pictured) lives with her family in Lviv, which has been hit badly during the invasion. Matt added the reality check of what they were going through made him appreciate his own life and ability to play the sport he loves'I'd already decided to be a little easier on myself this year and appreciate all that I have but that phone call just emphasised I don't want to be miserable for the rest of my life worrying about winning golf tournaments.'Sure, I want to win but there has to be a balance.'Deniz lives with her family in Lviv, which has been hit badly during the invasion.Matt added the reality check of what they were going through made him appreciate his own life and ability to play the sport he loves. Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates with the U.S. Open Championship trophy after his historic win Matt (pictured) is the first Englishman to win a major since Danny Willett — also from Sheffield — won the Masters six years ago He even predicted his new worldview might reap rewards at the golf majors.Matt added: 'I think 100 per cent I've got too worked up about them in the past.'The people around me say that I'm different in a major week and while I can't see it myself it's something that I need to work on.'I feel that I'm a different player now to 2015-18, so hopefully I can relax in the majors and it will start to show.'After his incredible win last night he was joined on the green by his mum Susan, his father Russell and brother Alex, who turned pro earlier this month.It was a perfect Father's Day gift for Russell who looked emotional as it all sunk in. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Doctor was 'deeply concerned about aggressive and volatile... Disabled man, 82, died at Gatwick when he fell backwards... Oxford University faces calls to return £2.6million donation..
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Matt is the first Englishman to win a major since Danny Willett — also from Sheffield — won the Masters six years ago.Matt's completed his win in the 122nd US Open on Sunday. He carded a closing 68 at Brookline to finish six under par, a shot ahead of playing partner Will Zalatoris and world number one Scottie Scheffler.'The feeling's out of this world,' he said. 'It is so cliche, but it's stuff you dream of as a kid. To achieve it, I can retire a happy man tomorrow.'It's what you grow up dreaming of winning and I've worked so hard for such a long time.'I had the big monkey on my back of not winning over here, it's all everybody talked about and to do it in a major, there's nothing better. Matt's completed his win in the 122nd US Open on Sunday. He carded a closing 68 at Brookline to finish six under par, a shot ahead of playing partner Will Zalatoris and world number one Scottie Scheffler Matt Fitzpatrick lines up a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates with caddie Billy Foster after winning on the 18th green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club'I don't know if Jack (Nicklaus) is listening to this but he gave me some abuse at the start of the year, when I won a member-member competition at his club and he said congratulations on finally winning in the United States.'I can go back to him now and say I've won twice.'Fitzpatrick can also tell Nicklaus that he and the 18-time major winner now share the distinction of being the only players to have won the US Amateur and US Open on the same course.Nicklaus achieved the feat at Pebble Beach in 1961 and 1972, while Fitzpatrick won the US Amateur at Brookline in 2013.'Any time you're sharing a record with Jack Nicklaus, it's unbelievable,' Fitzpatrick added. 'So for me to have that as well is incredible.'He called me up at the presentation to congratulate me. Coming from someone like that, it means the world.'Scheffler and Zalatoris both narrowly missed birdie putts on the 18th to force extra holes, with all three previous US Opens at Brookline having been decided in play-offs. Matt Fitzpatrick (pictured second right) along with father Russell (left), brother Alex (second left) and mother Susan (right), holds the trophy after winning the 2022 US Open golf tournament at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts'I battled like crazy,' Zalatoris said. 'Obviously, you say that about every US Open round you play, but considering where I drove it today, the fact I was even under par was obviously pretty nice.'I thought I made a lot of nice putts just to keep myself in it. Stealing one on 9, saving par on 13. I really felt great with the putter all week, and I hit a great putt on 18. It just happened to hang out there.'It was fun, man. Matt's shot on 18 (from the fairway bunker) is going to be shown probably for the rest of US Open history.'I walked by it, and I thought that going for it was going to be ballsy, but the fact that he pulled it off and even had a birdie look was just incredible. So hat's off to him.'
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