2022 US Open Golf: Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick sees off Will Zalatoris’s missed put on the 18th hole that secured his breakthrough victory

We have a first time winner here at the US Open and it’s none other than Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick who at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

He came into the final round as joint leaders with Will Zalatoris where Fitzpatrick displayed top-quality strokes – even from difficult situations – that helped him wrap his consistent score of 68 throughout the weekend. All he has to do now is wait for Zalatoris to finish off his final round spell that determines whether he will have to face off with him once again via the three-hole playoff, or else it’s his trophy should Zalatoris fail to tie with Fitzpatrick on the leaderboard.

Spectators watched Zalatoris’s crucial putt with nerves of steel at the one and only shot in a bid to keep his title hopes alive on hole 18. Unfortunately, Zalatoris overcooked his putt just within inches past the hole that confirmed Fitzpatrick’s huge breakthrough as the winner when he hugged his caddy with tears of joy, while Zalatoris looks on dejected wondering how he could’ve nailed this hole & have another shot of upsurping the Englishman going into the three-hole shootout.

Oh what a finish that is to cap off four brilliant days of US Open golf when some golf/sports fanatics stayed up all night or woke up this morning over in England to see their main man Matt Fitzpatrick bringing home that famous trophy & store it somewhere on his silverware cabinet.

How good!!

Let’s see if Fitzpatrick can end a 30-year drought of an Englishman winning the Open Championship on the 14-17th next month at the iconic St. Andrews Golf Course in Fife, Scotland. The last time a winner from England lifted The Open on home soil was Sir Nick Faldo back in 1992.

Then we look at for our Aussies on display, it’s great to see Adam Scott & Marc Leishman bounce back at two under par 68 following an inconsistent spells in between that put rounds them off on a shared 14th place spots.

Meanwhile, Min Woo-Lee was six strokes away from the leader when he entered the final day in Tied 17th. However, his poor first-half spell on the front nine cost him plenty of positions before Min Woo eventually came home in Tied 27th at three over par 73.

And Todd Sinnott may not have the same standard as others ahead of him, but it’s good to see Sinnott survive every round – especially when he bounced back from a poor Round 3 at equal par 70. He wrapped up his 2022 US Open campaign just behind a couple of early-round leaders in Tied 31st which isn’t bad. It gives Sinnott optimism to bounce back better & hopefully announce himself to the world up front next time.

2022 US Open Golf: Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris shares the lead after Day 3 with Australian Min Woo-Lee’s sensational turnaround puts him six strokes away from a possible upset in T17

It looks like we’re going to see an amazing finish ahead of the fourth & final round tomorrow in the 2022 US Open Golf at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. There’s another big shift when it comes the front-runners in a race to take home that major championship, with Will Zalatoris and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick sharing the lead right now in a total of 206 strokes at -4.

Spaniard Jon Rahm isn’t far behind in 3rd at -3 where he’s only one stroke away from overtaking Zalatoris & Fitzpatrick with possible back-to-back US Open majors, despite his sub-par performance today at one over par 71.

Then there’s a mix of elite and outsiders sniffing around this Top 3 in Tied 4th – including Day 1 leader & World No.50 from Canada Adam Hadwin – who bounced back in Tied 4th at two under par 70, as well as World No.47 Keegan Bradley & this year’s Masters winner Scottie Scheffler.

Although Northern Irishman Rory McIIroy began to slip further away from the Top 5 in Tied 7th right now following a poor run today of three over par 73, but he’s still in the mix towards an possibility of going one better following his 2nd place finish from this year’s Masters. He’s currently sits alongside a couple of Americans; World No.9 Sam Burns & World No.130 Joel Dahmen in the same position as McIIroy; Plus, World No.371 Nick Hardy rounds out the Top 10.

And if that isn’t enough, we have our leading Aussie Min Woo-Lee right now in Tied 17th at two over par as he’s only six strokes away from closing in the joint leaders (Zalatoris & Fitzpatrick). He was almost eliminated from the cut at one point in 55th in Round 2 yesterday before Woo-Lee made sensational turnaround today, especially when he scored three birdies on the back nine at one under par 69.

We could see either an outsider or even a first time winner after the final day of the US Open tomorrow, as Australians are right behind Min Woo-Lee – who is on the cusp towards an upset & hopefully emulating his sister Minjee Lee with the men’s major triumph – after she won the women’s edition last weekend.

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A mix of outsiders and elite stars fighting up front going into the final two rounds this weekend at the 2022 US Open Golf

We have now seen a shift in momentum going into the final two rounds this weekend when a couple of Day 1 front-runners dropped further afield, while some players redeemed themselves in a bid to stay ahead & have a shot towards that US Open major championship. It’s the current British Open winner Collin Morikawa sharing top-spot with Joel Dahmen who is currently ranked No.130 at age 34.

Meanwhile, World No.259 Hayden Buckley has improved a couple of places to Tied 3rd at -4 following a great result today of two under par 68 – alongside reigning US Open winner Jon Rahm, Rory McIIroy, Aaron Wise & Beau Hossler. They all trail by only one stroke right now to the joint leaders (Morikawa & Dahmen) at 136.

It’s good to see World No.166 Matthew NeSmith keep his Tied 8th position at -3, even though he was a bit off the pace today at one under par 69. We also saw a couple of new unknowns flying into the shared Tied 8th spot from the Top 14-15 – with World No. 216 Patrick Rodgers & World No.317 Nathan Hardy both came off a brilliant spell in Round 2 today at two under par 69.

However, the Top 3 players from the opening round yesterday – including Day 1 leader & World No.50 Canadian Adam Hadwin; World No.445 Callum Tarren from England; World No.592 Swede David Lingmerth – struggled to build on their brilliant starts down in between 13th and 16th, although there’s still time to bounce back having all came off today at two over par 72.

So there you have it, we have a mix of elite competitors and outsiders battling up front on what it should be a fantastic final two rounds of this year’s US Open Golf this weekend at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Looking at our Aussies right now, it may be far from promising down in Tied 31st when it comes to Marc Leishman – who scored one over par 70 in Round 2 today – but it’s still possible for him to climb up through the leaderboard. Then we go further down with Adam Scott’s red-hot start just couldn’t keep up the momentum when he went from 14th to joint 40th alongside Todd Sinnott.

Although Min Woo Lee survived the cut in 55th – including a brilliant eagle he executed on the 8th hole at Par 5; We won’t see Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert & Jed Morgan continue playing this weekend after their continuous sub-par scores over the past two days saw them all miss the cut.

A few unknowns announced themselves through the top-half leaderboard in Day 1 of the 2022 US Open Golf

There’s a couple of unknowns who topped the opening day of the 2022 US Open Golf at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

It’s World No.50 Adam Hadwin from Canada – currently leading following a great score of four under par 66 – ahead of World No.445 from England in Callum Tarren at three under par 67, especially when he scored a brilliant eagle on the 8th hole at Par 5. Even World No.592 from Sweden, David Lingmerth is tied 2nd with Tarren – where he scored consistent pars, as well as three birdies that reflected a brilliant finish to his Round 1 spell.

Then there’s many more to list through the field apart from Rory McIlroy – with World No.130 Joel Damhen & World No.296 from South Africa MJ Daffue rounding out the Top 6; Followed by World No.259 Hayden Buckley in 7th & World No.166 Matthew NeSmith in 8th.

It will be interesting to see if this Top 7 unknown stars – who announced themselves on-course earlier today – can keep up their brilliant opening round form in Day 2 tomorrow and go big towards the final two rounds this weekend. These are the ones to watch as we hope to see any outsider being mentioned dominate one of the majors here by Sunday evening, but again it’s too early to tell at this stage.

If a couple of outsiders isn’t enough, how about we look at our Australian Adam Scott down in Tied 14th at one under par 69 – including a fantastic finish with a birdie at the 18th hole to close off his opening round stint. Marc Leishman isn’t far behind in Tied 26 at equal par 70 where he fired off the first nine holes with three birdies, but he needs to make up the 2nd half consistency in the back nine holes if he wants to climb up through the Top 15-20 mark tomorrow.

However, there are some Aussies out there who are way down the pecking order, such as reigning PGA Australia Championship winner Jed Morgan – where his majors golf debut didn’t end up so well with two double bogeys & seven bogeys that was squeezed in between pars at 12 over 82 in 4th last/153rd.

We also saw Cameron Smith being outpaced by 42nd-placed Todd Sinnott in 57th right now at two over par 72, Although there’s still time for Smith to catch up tomorrow – even though his record at the US Open isn’t good in recent years except his P4 debut back in 2015, as well as Sinnott who can make the most of his US Open debut.

Golf News, U.S. Open 2021 Review

With the U.S. Open wrapping up this weekend, it’s only fitting to review the highlights of this weekend. One of the things that makes the Open special is the fact that it is truly Open to all. This was apparent from the beginning with big man Kyle Westmoreland, a former service member, making his first professional start in a Major Championship.

Westmoreland was the first graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to play in a Major Championship. Not only did he first play in the Major, but he also actually made the cut as well. This was not a one time performance and even though he finished with a score of +14 and tied for 68th, I imagine this is not the last we will see of Westmoreland.

As for the top of the leaderboard there was Jon Rahm, the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open. It was also fitting that he won the championship on Father’s Day being a father himself for the first time also makes it even more special. Rahm made a big comeback here on the last day shooting four under par for a total score of six under par.

Louis Oosthuizen was sitting on top of the leaderboard before the final day got kicked off, but he didn’t make any moves at all. Even with his stellar eagle to finish off the events on Saturday, he played Sunday just to even par. I’m sure that he’s going to regret that one for a while, but still everyone is happy for Rahm regardless.

With the first win of the U.S. Open by a Spaniard and Rahm’s first Major win himself, it was certainly a tournament for the ages. It will certainly be fun to watch this tournament again next year as well. Until then, go play some golf!