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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick celebrated a dream come true after holding his nerve to win his first major title, in the 122nd US Open. Fitzpatrick 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,” the 27-year-old Sheffield United fan said. “It is so cliché, 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. Read More Related Articles Two dead in Selby house fire after hero tried to save their lives “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. 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.
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. 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 a play-off, as Fitzpatrick made par after a mercurial fairway bunker shot meant his two putts to hole were sufficient to seal victory. A beaten Zalatoris admitted: “Matt’s shot on 18 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 hats off to him.” Fitzpatrick had earlier holed from 50 feet for a birdie across the 13th green to draw level and briefly moved two shots clear at the top of the leaderboard with another on the 15th. Scheffler then closed to within one with a birdie on the 17th and Zalatoris did likewise on the 16th, before both could not quite deny Fitzpatrick on the final hole. It was the second major in succession that Fitzpatrick had contested the closing round from the final group, having partnered Mito Pereira in the US PGA at Southern Hills last month. On that occasion, a closing 73 meant Fitzpatrick missed out on the play-off between Zalatoris and Justin Thomas by two shots, Thomas securing his second US PGA title in the three-hole shootout. For more stories from where you live, visit InYourArea
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