Falling short at the PGA Championship ‘hurts a hell of a lot,’ says Matt Fitzpatrick

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Source: Skysports

Matt Fitzpatrick acknowledges that missing out on a maiden major win in the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills “hurts a lot.”

Fitzpatrick was three strokes behind leader Mito Pereira heading into the final round, but a three-over-par 73 in the final round left him two shots short of the play-off between eventual victor Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris.

Fitzpatrick stated on Twitter that the loss was a “difficult one” to accept after he and Pereira were the only players to shoot under par in each of the opening three rounds.

“Unfortunately, not last week,” the former Ryder Cup player explained.

“Having had a chance to reflect on yesterday’s round it’s been a tough one to take. Of course everyone this week has stories of what they could have done differently to have a better outcome.

“But for me to come away from the week to miss the play-off by two shots hurts a hell of a lot.

“I felt I was always chasing my tail right from the first tee shot on Sunday, I never quite felt I had my ball under control off the tee and that constantly put me out of position to challenge.

“Yes I made a few mistakes and I hit some poor shots at the wrong times and that’s what makes it hurt even more because I know I can hit better shots than I did yesterday.

“I’ll reflect on my week some more and get back to practising for the next stretch of events. Thank you to everyone for your support, I really do appreciate it!”

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