Past success at US Amateur makes Matt Fitzpatrick at ‘home’ in US Open

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In joint lead after 54 holes at the US Open, Matt Fitzpatrick has the advantage of winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. Photo: si.com

Will Zalatoris (T1/-4) at the US Open has a second career 54-hole lead/co-lead on PGA TOUR and second this season (first: 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, lost in a playoff).

 

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He has five top-10s in eight prior starts in Majors (T6/2020 U.S. Open, 2nd/2021 Masters Tournament, T8/2021 PGA Championship, T6/2022 Masters Tournament, P2/2022 PGA Championship).

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Will is one of three players who finished in the top 10 in the season’s first two Majors (Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy). Since 2004, eight players have finished in the top 10 in each of the season’s four Majors: Jon Rahm (2021), Brooks Koepka (2019), Jordan Spieth (2015), Rickie Fowler (2014), Tiger Woods (2005), Vijay Singh (2005), Ernie Els (2004) and Phil Mickelson (2004).

 

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Matt Fitzpatrick (T1/-4) too has a second career 54-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR (first: 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational, finished 2nd).

 

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Won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club. 12 players have won the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open (most recent: Bryson DeChambeau).

 

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Second consecutive Major championship playing in the final pairing during the final round (last to do so: Louis Oosthuizen, 2021 U.S. Open and Open Championship). Matt shot 73 in the final round of the PGA Championship and finished T5.

Only player who entered the week in the top-25 on TOUR in Strokes Gained.

 

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Defending champion Jon Rahm lies third at -3. The last player to successfully defend title in a Major championship is Brooks Koepka, 2019 PGA Championship.

The last player to successfully defend title at the U.S. Open was Brooks Koepka in 2018.

 

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Four players have successfully defended a title this season, including Rory McIlroy last week at the RBC Canadian Open; most in a season since 2016-17 (4).

Last back-to-back tournaments with successful title defenses: 2007 RBC Canadian Open (Jim Furyk), 2007 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (Tiger Woods), 2007 PGA Championship (Tiger Woods).

Rahm has one PGA TOUR win this season (Mexico Open at Vidanta).

World No. 1 and FedExCup leader Scottie Scheffler (T4/-2) has four PGA TOUR wins this season (WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, WGC-Dell
Technologies Match Play, Masters Tournament).

 

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Last to win multiple Majors in a year: Brooks Koepka, 2018.

Last to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year: Jordan Spieth, 2015.

Last to win five times in a season on TOUR: Justin Thomas, 2016-17.

Last to win five times in a season on TOUR, including two or more majors: Jordan Spieth, 2014-15 (5 wins, 2 Majors).

36-hole leader Collin Morikawa carded a 7-over 77, tying his highest score on the PGA TOUR (second score of 77 in his last four rounds on TOUR).