Matt Fitzpatrick felt there were comparisons to his US Open win and his football club Sheffield United – and revealed his ambitions to win at least five more Majors to match Nick Faldo.
The 27-year-old is one of the most likeable players on tour, although his laid-back demeanor masks a player who is one of golf’s hardest workers.
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He’s lengthened his game – as evidenced by the number of times he’s run it past Dustin Johnson over the first two days – and that, coupled with his natural talent, has produced a great champion.
The Sheffield native is a Blades fan and feels rewarded for his hard work after flying under the radar.
“Not to compare it to my football team, I’m the same,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s not expected to do well, it’s not expected to be successful. I won a major today.
“I feel like I’m definitely working hard for it and that’s where I grew up, that’s the mentality of everyone there. It’s an underdog mentality and you work hard for what you get.”
With the last major of the year on the horizon, St Andrews should play to Fitzpatrick’s strengths.
After winning his first major, he’s hungry for more success at the highest level.
“Six is the number,” he said, which would draw him level with Faldo’s big wins. “That’s the number we all agreed on. I still have a long way to go, but it’s a good start.
“You want to win more now, there’s no doubt about it. It’s easy to get lost anyway. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully more to come. I’m happy with one so far.”
By winning the Brookline Country Club, Fitzpatrick joined an elite three-man club.
Only English and legendary US players Jack Nicklaus and Juli Inkster have won the US Open and US Amateur on the same course.
Nicklaus took to Twitter to praise Fitzpatrick after the Englishman gently ripped him in his victory speech.
And Fitzpatrick summed up his feelings after becoming only the third Englishman to win the US Open in modern times – along with Tony Jacklin (1970) and Justin Rose (2013) – Fitzpatrick said: “The feeling is out of this world .
“It’s so cliche, but that’s what you dream of as a kid. To achieve that, I can retire tomorrow as a happy man.”
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