As he revealed his remarkable bunker shot during the final round at Brookline “doesn’t feel real,” US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick says sharing an honour with Jack Nicklaus is “incredible.”
Fitzpatrick became only the second man, after Nicklaus, to win both the US Amateur and US Open at the same venue when he won at The Country Club on Sunday, having previously won the amateur title in Boston in 2013.
The 27-year-old, who finished one stroke ahead of Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler, says Nicklaus called him after he became only the third Englishman to win the US Open in the last 52 years, following Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013.
Fitzpatrick wowed the crowds on the 18th hole with a 160-yard shot from a bunker onto the green, before two-putting from 18 feet to win his first major.
“Any record you share with Jack is incredible,” the new world No. 10 told Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir. Sharing that one, in particular, is extremely special.
“After the round, he called me and congratulated me.” It’s incredible to receive such an honour from such a great golfing legend.
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“To be honest, it’s difficult for me to wrap my head around [the bunker shot].” It doesn’t feel like it’s me, and it’s not real.
“[Winning the US Open] is incredibly surreal. I was doing media after the round and genuinely had to question whether it was a dream, whether I was going to wake up.
“I have never felt like that. People say that and I don’t buy it, but it certainly felt that way [for me].”
Fitzpatrick’s victory at Brookline was his first on the PGA Tour after winning the British Masters and the DP World Tour Championship twice on the DP World Tour.
“If you look at my results, you’ll notice that I don’t always put myself in a position to win.” I’m not always in the bottom three. This year, I was three or four shots back going into the final round before shooting a good round to finish in the top ten.
He said: “I’ve never really said it but one thing I pride myself on is that if I get a chance I genuinely feel I will take it. If I get a chance to win, I’ll go and win.
“The times I have given myself chances to win, I have won most of the time. I pride myself on being a gritty competitor, just wanting to win badly and doing the right things.”
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