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With The Open and LIV golf dominating the headlines, Matt Fitzpatrick's fabulous US Open victory seems a long time ago now but it's still worth celebrating. I must confess that on the final nine at Brookline, when Will Zalatoris moved two ahead, I thought the game was up. But Fitzpatrick had far more confidence in his ability. To watch the turnaround and the way he closed out the tournament was hugely impressive.
Matt is an extremely grounded and unassuming individual who never gets ahead of himself. I remember when he secured his breakthrough win in the 2015 British Masters and was asked how he would spend the winnings. He joked about replacing the four-year-old Ford Mondeo he’d been driving.
He has his head screwed on and clear evidence of that comes in the shape of the excellent team he’s surrounded himself with in recent years, including caddie Billy Foster. Although Brookline was Billy’s first Major success, the veteran bagman offers a wealth of calm experience that’s proved invaluable to the young Englishman.
With so much negativity around the pro game, it’s been a breath of fresh air to enjoy such a positive story. I’ve no doubt there will be many more of those to come from Matt Fitzpatrick.
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Matt Fitzpatrick's triumph at Brookline was the result of years of hard work and dedication. We sit down with the Englishman to discuss this journey and analyse what it is that sets him apart from his fellow pros when it comes to preparing for the big tournaments.
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David joined Golf Monthly in 2015 as a content editor for the magazine and regularly contributes to the website. He has worked in magazine publishing and editing since 2003. He is a keen golfer and up until recently was a member of Blackmoor Golf Club in Hampshire. He has covered various big events and tournaments for GM, the highlight of which was witnessing Tiger Woods win his 15th Major at Augusta in 2019. Email: email@example.com
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