BROOKLINE, Mass. ( Associated Press) – The week that began with Phil Mickelson saying almost nothing ended with Matt Fitzpatrick, who is currently losing his words in his proudest moment.
The US Open was more than just a distraction from golf disorders.
That gave meaning to the game.
“Without a word,” Fitzpatrick said moments after the blow, which will become part of the US Open surrender. He hit the 9-iron behind the lip in a bunker on the fairway at the 18th hole in Brooklyn, which dropped 18 feet behind the needle and led to his victory with one blow.
“That’s what you grow up dreaming about,” he said. “It’s something I’ve been working on for so long. The first victory in America, and to a large extent, is no better. “
Of course, there were a few monetary items that were mentioned on Sunday. In 2013, Fitzpatrick won the American amateur at The County Club, who came with a gold trophy and a chance to play in three major tournaments. The title brought in $ 3.15 million from the biggest purse in the history of the US Open.
Scotty Scheffler, the Masters champion and No. 1 in the world, finished second with Will Zalatoris and earned more than $ 1.5 million. That allowed Scheffler to set a PGA tour record for one season of almost 12.9 million dollars, easily breaking the figure set by Jordan Spit in 2015 – and there are two full months left.
Charles Schwarzel won $ 4.75 million a week earlier by competing in the LIV Golf series funded by Saudi Arabia. It was 54 holes without cutting, a field of 48 players with only four players from the top 50 on the world rankings.
No one will ever make a mistake for the toughest test in golf.
By the first round of the US Open, attention should have been diverted from grabbing Greg Norman’s money and returning him to the highest level of competition. But it was worth the wait. This US Open has proven itself in many ways.
The country club, which hosted its fourth US Open and the first since 1988, made an ideal test to identify the best player of the week. Pair 4 had enough length, Pair 3, which was adjusted to the elevation, played below 100 yards, and Green, which held only the best shots.
It was the fourth year in a row that he was the grand champion at the US Open for the first time, although Fitzpatrick was not a surprise. He knew Brooklyn like no one else because he went through six matches to win the US Open, and this was his fourth place in the top 10 in the last five tournaments. He was in the last group on his second consecutive course.
Four of the seven best players in the world competed over the weekend. He also had three players in the top 10 finals who had to go through the 36-hole qualifiers just to get to the US Open. One of them was Danny McCarthy, who reduced the number and the weekend with the result 68-68 brought him to the equalizer for the seventh place.
And this was a week after Rory McIlroy won the Canadian Open, the fourth oldest national open golf championship, in a tense duel with Justin Thomas.
LIV Golf and its theme of being a “force for good” will return. The only thing that was spinning more than the wind over the weekend were rumors about which players would be the last to try to cash in.
Only four players who participated in the first LIV event separated from the 17 at the US Open. The best finish came from Dustin Johnson, who played two of his last three holes and tied for 24th place.
Bryson DeChambeau was not in London – he applied for the LIV Golf weekend before the US Open and will be out of Portland, Oregon, at the end of the month. He finished his last round before the leaders fought and had three birds in his rounds for the weekend of 76-75.
As for Mickelson? He didn’t even make it to the weekend. No worries. His next tournament in the LIV series has no cut, just a lot of money and little significance.
Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, was looking forward to being away from golf for a while to decompress and wrap himself in the idea of being the grand champion, the third from England in the last decade, joining Danny Willett (2016 Masters) and Justin Rose (2013 US Open). ).
He is number 10 in the world, the pinnacle of his career, and can finally celebrate victory in America. Zalatoris has suffered another tight penalty – his third runner-up goal in the last seven emails – while Scheffler has a green jacket at the Masters and a silver medal at the US Open. It was a pretty good year.
They will meet again in a month in St. Andrews at the British Open, the 150th organization of the oldest championship in sports at the golf home.
He can’t get there fast.
“You imagined that you were in this situation all your life, and now I have basically been in it three times in the main,” said Zalatoris. “That’s why you’re playing a game. There is nothing like it. ”
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