Matt Fitzpatrick was basking in the glow of his US Open victory as he watched his trophy be engraved, but he also made sure to flex on everyone.
Matt Fitzpatrick had a historic day at The Country Club on Sunday. He knew he had a chance to win his first tournament in America at the US Open when he started the day in the final group with Will Zalatoris, but he’d have to play flawless golf to do it. That’s exactly what he did, to be sure.
Fitzpatrick won by one shot and finished the event at 6-under par after Zalatoris missed a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish second in a major for the second time in his career.
On the other hand, Fitzpatrick was not unfamiliar with big-time victories at The Country Club at Brookline.
Fitzpatrick won the US Amateur at the same course in 2013, a storyline that suggested he was doomed to fail coming into the week, but that was not the case. So, after winning the double in Brookline, he made it a point to remember it.
The US Amateur trophy is held by Matt Fitzpatrick, whereas the US Open trophy is engraved
While waiting for his US Open trophy to be engraved, Fitzpatrick made sure he had his US Amateur trophy in hand, just to show everyone that he owned The Country Club.
He also made sure to strike a pose as he got his hands on his new toy.
Matt Fitzpatrick joins the rare list of golfers who have won the US Amateur and US Open
With his triumph on Sunday, Fitzpatrick became only the 13th player in history to win both the US Amateur and the US Open.
Francis Ouimet, Jerome Travers, Chick Evans, Bobby Jones, Johnny Goodman, Lawson Little, Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, and Fitzpatrick are among those who have made the list. It’s not a bad list to be on.
Fitzpatrick also joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win both the US Amateur and the US Open on the same course.
At Pebble Beach, Nicklaus won his second US Amateur Championship and third US Open Championship. Fitzpatrick has won both of his USGA titles, which is even more impressive when you think about it in that way.