US Open 2022: Matt Fitzpatrick holds off Will Zalatoris, Scottie Scheffler for first major victory

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Matt Fitzpatrick held off Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler to win the U.S. Open on Sunday, finishing with a 6-under for the tournament.

This was Fitzpatrick’s first major win at The Country Club in Brookline (Massachusetts). Fitzpatrick was coming off a tie for fifth at the PGA Championship last month.

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England lines up a putt on the sixth green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Matt Fitzpatrick of England lines up a putt on the sixth green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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He’s the second player to win the men’s U.S. Open and the men’s U.S. Amateur at the same venue. Jack Nicklaus is also the only golfer to achieve this feat.

Zalatoris, who had been vying for the lead with Fitzpatrick and Scheffler all day, had a chance to send it to a playoff with the final putt. He missed the cut and finished 5-under par for tournament.

Scheffler, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, kept the pace with Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris. He was 5-under par for the tournament when he entered the clubhouse. He had a final-round 67. It came down to the final round between Fitzpatrick & Zalatoris. After bogeying on 10 and 11 and saving par on 12, Fitzpatrick nailed a 48-foot putt for birdie on the 13th hole. A big birdie putt on 15 gave him a two-shot lead on Zalatoris and Scheffler.

Zalatoris had a chance to get back but fell short on 17th. Things opened up for Zalatoris on 18 after Fitzpatrick hit his tee shot into the bunker. Fitzpatrick saved par with a clutch shot from the bunker.

Hideki Miatsuyama was still in contention at the end. He shot a 65 in the final round and went into the clubhouse 3-under par. Collin Morikawa also stayed within range with a final round 66. He finished the tournament at 2-under par.

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Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, reacts after a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, reacts after a putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.
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Matsuyama won the Masters in 2021 and Morikawa took home The Open Championship in 2021 and the PGA Championship in 2020.

Rory McIlroy finished 2-under par four the tournament with a 69 on the final round. He had hoped that the momentum gained from his win at the RBC Canadian Open last weekend would carry over to the U.S. Open, but he couldn’t catch the leaders in the final round.

Defending champion Jon Rahm finished 1-over par.

Fitzpatrick started to get hot as soon as May started.

He was tied for second at the Wells Fargo Championship with Cameron Young and Keegan Bradley. He carried that momentum into PGA Championship, finishing two strokes behind Justin Thomas and Zalatoris.

Though he missed the cut at Memorial, he bounced back at the RBC Championship with a top-10 finish and it all culminated in his first major championship at the U.S. Open.

Will Zalatoris of the United States reacts to his putt for birdie on the 11th green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Will Zalatoris of the United States reacts to his putt for birdie on the 11th green during the final round of the 122nd U.S. Open Championship at The Country Club on June 19, 2022 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
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He finished his U.S. Open title with a total of 274, including a 68 in the final round. He finished Sunday with five birdies, three bogeys, and a total of .

Ryan Gaydos serves as the sports editor at Fox News and Fox Business. Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com can be contacted with story tips

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