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MATT FITZPATRICK WINS FIRST MAJOR AT BROOKLINE COUNTRY CLUB AT THIS YEAR’S US OPEN

US Open Championship final leaderboard
-6 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -5 W Zalatoris (US), S Scheffler (US); -3 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -2 C Morikawa (US). R McIlroy (NI)
Selected others: +1 J Rahm (Spa); +2 X Schauffele (US); +4 D Johnson (US); +7 J Thomas (US), J Rose (Eng), J Spieth (US); +12 B Koepka (US); +13 B DeChambeau (US)
England’s Matt Fitzpatrick was swamped by his family after superbly holding off the world’s best players to claim his first major title with a one-shot victory in the US Open at Brookline.

The 27-year-old was also hugged by Rory McIlroy on the 18th green as he became just the third Englishman in 52 years to win the sport’s second oldest major.

Fitzpatrick shot a two-under 68 for a six-under total to beat world number one Scottie Scheffler (67) and Will Zalatoris (69) in a gripping battle that went to the final hole.

“It’s what you grow up dreaming of,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for such a long time. I’ve got to give myself credit: I had so much patience.”

His win will be remembered for the stunning shot he played from a fairway bunker on the 18th.

In scenes reminiscent of Sandy Lyle’s final-hole bunker shot on his way to winning the 1988 Masters at Augusta National, Fitzpatrick launched a high cut at the green, the ball landing 20 feet beyond the flag and spinning a couple of feet closer.

A two-putt par was then enough to spark scenes of sheer jubilation as his mum, dad and brother embraced him on the green.

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