Fitzpatrick, 27, edged his 54-hole co-leader Will Zalatoris and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler by one stroke to hoist the trophy.The second-highest ranked golfer in the world without a PGA Tour victory in his career finally claimed one Sunday while simultaneously breaking through golf’s upper echelon with his first major championship. Matt Fitzpatrick won the 2022 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, on Sunday with two birdies and no bogeys across the final seven holes to clinch the tournament at 6 under.
Having previously won the 2013 U.S.Fitzpatrick, an amateur at The Country Club, added to his USGA total with a stunning victory at the 122nd U.S. Open. In doing so, he joined Jack Nicklaus and Juli Inkster as the only players to win the two championships at the same venue, solidifying his spot in the annals of golf history.
The No. 18 player on the Official World Golf Rankings, Fitzpatrick broke through Sunday after what had already been a strong season at major championships.The Englishman finished T14 at the Masters in April and T5 at the PGA Championship just a few weeks ago.
Fitzpatrick’s journey to this point had not been simple, and his last round at The Country Club was a perfect example of that. Whether he wanted to admit it or not, as he missed opportunities to win events over the years, doubt had to sneak in. Fitzpatrick, who had always prospered because of his combination of precision and putting skill, entered 2022 as a fully retooled player. That was clear this week, as Fitzpatrick’s game plan was to be consistent.While others started the event with significantly low rounds, he went 2 under par through the first 36 holes with an even-par 70 on Friday, then blasted a second 68 on Moving Day to claim the co-lead.
Fitzpatrick regained a share of the lead with Zalatoris at 5 under after an impressive birdie on the par-4 13th. After missing the fairway on the next hole, Fitzpatrick blasted one of his better iron shots of the day to set himself a birdie opportunity on the long par-4 15th. With Zalatoris in for bogey, Fitzpatrick walked in his third and momentarily grabbed a two-stroke lead.
Though Zalatoris and Scheffler both pulled within one after converting birdies down the stretch, Fitzpatrick never let up.
Fitzpatrick had a one-stroke lead going into the 72nd hole after trading pars with Zalatoris on the reachable 17th, but he made the one error you could make when he found the fairway bunker off the tee. He took it in stride and rebounded with a career-defining shot onto the green, setting up his U.S. Open victory. Fitzpatrick missed an 18-foot birdie putt to secure the championship, but Zalatoris missed a similar 14-foot putt by a hair as Fitzpatrick shot his third 68 of the tournament and won his first PGA Tour event.