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Matt Fitzpatrick wins first major title after US Open triumph
Rory McIlroy earned a top-five finish while Séamus Power ended his tournament in a tie for 12th.

LAST UPDATE | Jun 20th 2022, 12:20 AM

ENGLAND’S MATT FITZPATRICK captured his first major title on Sunday by winning the US Open in dramatic fashion, making spectacular shots as rivals crumbled under final-round pressure.

After a thrilling three-man fight down the back nine at The Country Club, Fitzpatrick fired a two-under-par 68 to finish on six-under-par 274 and defeat Americans Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris by one stroke.

Rory McIlroy, along with Collin Morikawa, earned a top-five finish as he ended his tournament on two-under after carding a one-under 69, while Séamus Power finished in a tie for 12th on one-over after a final round of 71.

McIlroy endured a difficult front nine which featured an unfortunate bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey sequence between the second and seventh holes. Two more bogeys followed on the 11th and 14th holes along with another birdie on the 15th. Power picked up three birdies and three bogeys as he narrowly missed out on a place in the top 10.

World number 18 Fitzpatrick, who won the 2013 US Amateur at The Country Club, matched Jack Nicklaus as the only US Open and US Amateur winners on the same course, the US legend doing the double at Pebble Beach.

The 27-year-old from Sheffield, who shared fifth last month at the PGA Championship for his best prior major result, sank a stunning 48-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole to grab a share of the lead.

At the 15th, Fitzpatrick blasted out of the right rough to just inside 19 feet and rolled in a tension-packed putt to reach 6-under and lead by two.

But after birdies by Scheffler at 17 and Zalatoris on 16, Fitzpatrick clung to a one-stroke lead at the 18th tee.

After the Englishman sent his tee shot into a left fairway bunker, he blasted a magnificent approach to 18 feet and two putted for par, leaving Zalatoris needing to sink a 14-foot birdie putt to force a playoff.

When Zalatoris missed, the title and a record $3.15 million top prize belonged to Fitzpatrick.

– © AFP 2022

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