Matt Fitzpatrick, an English golfer, made a stunning bunker shot on the last hole to make the par that he needed in order to win Sunday’s US Open at Brookline.
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Matt Fitzpatrick, the US Open champion just recently, is not losing his perspective.
Fitzpatrick, 27 years old, won the last round of Brookline to leave a lasting impression. He finished one shot ahead American Will Zalatoris. His chances of winning his first major title were in doubt after he drove into the fairway bunker.
Zalatoris was well placed so the Englishman knew he couldn’t afford a missed shot. So he bravely chose to hit the green straight from the sand. He produced one of the greatest shots in US Open history when he landed his ball only 15 feet from flag.
Zalatoris’ birdie attempt was not successful, and Fitzpatrick’s 12-footer also missed the mark. Fitzpatrick is now the third player from England to win the title, which has been coveted since 1924. Fitzpatrick also became the first English player ever to win a major since Danny Willett’s victory at The Masters 2016.
The Sheffield-born golfer, who last September played in his first Ryder Cup, also pocketed £2.5million for his win. On Monday, he awoke to find himself at No. 10 in the World.
Fitzpatrick changed his outlook on life just three months prior to the tournament at The Country Club. In the midst of the Russian invasion, Fitzpatrick called his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khzaniuk.
Fitzpatrick was concerned for her welfare after Fitzpatrick discovered that the 27-year-old tennis star was born in Israel. His situation was starkly different from that of Khazaniuk at the time, when he was in America.
“She was telling me about her gran who had a couple of strokes recently and can hardly walk, so she can’t go anywhere,”He told the story MailSport. “Then she told me about her uncle who had just packed his bags and was off to fight tomorrow.
“As I was sitting in Florida, I thought I would practice. Then it struck me: the contrast between what he might do and what I do.” And Fitzpatrick, who in 2013 won the US Amateur title, admitted the conversation changed his own mentality moving forward.
“I’d already decided to be a little easier on myself this year and appreciate all that I have but that phone call just emphasised I don’t want to be miserable for the rest of my life worrying about winning golf tournaments,”He concluded. “Sure, I want to win but there has to be a balance.”
Khazaniuk’s parents are originally from Lviv. Since the start of the war on February 24, Russian troops have repeatedly attacked Lviv. She won the Israeli Singles Championship at 22 and represented Israel in the Fed Cup.
She holds 21 ITF titles and was ranked in the top 200 of the world back in 2018. She made her only Grand Slam appearance at the US Open doubles event that year.