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Will Zalatoris Says 2nd-Place End at 2022 US Open ‘Hurts Fairly Exhausting’

Will Zalatoris Says 2nd-Place End at 2022 US Open ‘Hurts Fairly Exhausting’

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Sunday was one other story of what may have been for Will Zalatoris.

The 25-year-old completed one stroke behind Matt Fitzpatrick on the 2022 U.S. Open at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Massachusetts. He simply missed a 14-foot birdie putt on the 18th gap that might have pressured a playoff, which meant a 3rd second-place end in 9 main begins.

“This one, specifically, hurts fairly onerous,” he told reporters. “I am three pictures away from virtually being a—having an opportunity of being a three-time main champion. A bounce right here or there.”

Zalatoris completed in second place within the 2021 Masters and second place on this 12 months’s PGA Championship with the latter coming after he fell brief in a playoff towards Justin Thomas. He has six top-10 finishes in these 9 main begins however is but to win a PGA Tour event.

Fitzpatrick discovered himself in an analogous scenario with a resume that included zero wins however 22 top-10s and a number of second-place finishes in 105 tour occasions.

That modified Sunday, nevertheless it appeared as if Scottie Scheffler would take residence the title when he jumped out to a lead with 4 birdies on the primary six holes of the ultimate spherical. Simply when it regarded like he may run away with it, he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and did not notch one other birdie till the seventeenth.

It was a part of a back-and-forth day with Zalatoris posting bogeys on two of his first three holes solely to bounce again with 4 birdies in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 6 by way of 11 to take the lead.

Fitzpatrick took an reverse method with a red-hot begin of birdies on Nos. 3, 5 and eight however back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11.

The most important swing got here on the fifteenth when Fitzpatrick birdied following an exquisite method shot and Zalatoris ended up with a bogey. The eventual runner-up dialed up the strain another time with a birdie on the sixteenth to drag inside one stroke, however Fitzpatrick unleashed the shot of the event on the 18th when he discovered the inexperienced on his second regardless of hitting his drive within the fairway bunker.

Fitzpatrick hit 17 of 18 greens in Sunday’s ultimate spherical however nonetheless wanted Zalatoris to overlook his birdie putt on 18 to safe the championship.

“I am not proud of ending second,” Zalatoris mentioned. “I am clearly attempting to make it. The consolation stage is there, particularly now that I do know I can do that. I simply need to maintain ready my flip.”

His flip nearly got here Sunday.

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