He pulled a 9-iron from his bag and imagined himself as a junior participant once more.
“I believed: attempt to hit it actually shut,” mentioned Fitzpatrick, smiling.
The blow shot previous the dangerously excessive fringe of the bunker he was in and excessive of the huge bunker guarding the inexperienced quantity 18.
“It was wonderful to look at, who knew instantly that he would virtually actually make a par, which he did with two cautious putts,” mentioned Fitzpatrick.
Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick’s enjoying accomplice, had a 14-foot birdie in 18th, which may have arrange a playoff. However the shot drifted lower than an inch to the left of the opening.
The win, which was Fitzpatrick’s first on American soil (he has received seven worldwide occasions), could possibly be a breakthrough for a quiet and well-known participant in skilled golf. Over the previous 12 months, Fitzpatrick, at present tenth on this planet males’s golf rankings, has labored tirelessly on the course to extend swing velocity, leading to longer distances and sometimes decrease scores. Quiet and unpretentious, Fitzpatrick additionally has an easy-going smile however hides a interval of fierce competitors.
Late Sunday evening, Fitzpatrick admitted simply as a lot.
“Despite the fact that it doesn’t occur, as a result of I prefer to be fairly discreet, I similar to beating folks up,” he mentioned. “It’s so simple as that. Simply love wins. I wish to beat everybody.”