US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick ‘can retire a happy man’ as Jack Nicklaus pays huge praise

US open champion Matthew Frizpatrick has revealed he ‘can retire a happy man’ following his historic victory, whilst also earning the plaudits of golfing great Jack Nicklaus. Fitzpatrick secured his maiden major title on Sunday after seeing off Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris in a tense final round.

The victory was an extra special one for the Englishman, as it took place at the exact same course he had first made a name for himself when winning the US Amateur nine years prior. After heading into the final round tied for the lead with Zalatoris, Fitzpatrick put in a heroic showing to see off the youngster by a single shot.

A final round two-under-par 68 proved enough for Fitzpatrick, who finished the tournament at six-under and importantly at the top of the leaderboard. After his dramatic victory, the 27-year-old revealed completing a lifelong dream means he could ‘retire a happy man tomorrow’. 

Speaking to the press after his title claim, he said: “The feeling’s out of this world. It is so cliche, but it’s stuff you dream of as a kid. To achieve it, I can retire a happy man tomorrow. It’s what you grow up dreaming of winning and I’ve worked so hard for such a long time. The victory is not only his first major win, but also his maiden win in the United States, and Fitzpatrick has a cheeky message for the great Nicklaus after the pair had exchanged a joke earlier this year.

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