For Matt Fitzpatrick, déjà vu never felt so good. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in 2013. History repeated itself at the 2022 U.S. Open.

Fitzpatrick dueled with Will Zalatoris and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler throughout Sunday’s final round and had a one-stroke lead over both on the final hole. Much like Mito Pereira on the 18th hole of the PGA Championship, Fitzpatrick hit a terrible drive. But Fitzpatrick recovered brilliantly and found the green from the fairway bunker.

Fitzpatrick missed his birdie putt but made par, which eliminated Scheffler, who was already finished. But Zalatoris was left with a makeable birdie putt to force a playoff. Zalatoris gave himself a chance on the putt but it ultimately missed just left off the hole. With that, Fitzpatrick was the U.S. Open champion.

The win was historic for Fitzpatrick. He became only the 13th player to win both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. Of those 13, only Fitzpatrick and Jack Nicklaus won both at the same venue.

Fitzpatrick joined an even more exclusive club, as the only non-American to win both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open.

Fitzpatrick and Zalatoris fought off a hot start from Scheffler and went to the 15th hole tied for the lead. Both missed the fairway and ironically enough, Fitzpatrick benefited from hitting a worse shot. While Zalatoris’ shot found the deep rough, Fitzpatrick’s miss was wide enough that he landed in grass that had been trampled down by spectators.

He took full advantage, hitting the green and making birdie while Zalatoris made bogey. Zalatoris did pick up one shot with a birdie on the next hole but Fitzpatrick held on from there.

Golf fans congratulated the new U.S. Open champion following his hard-fought triumph.

Given that the previous three U.S. Opens at the Country Club ended in a playoff and this one narrowly missed, we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing Brookline in the U.S. Open rotation more. Fitzpatrick would likely get behind that idea.

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.