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Matt Fitzpatrick says he got a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open

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Matt Fitzpatrick says he got a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open

Matt Fitzpatrick says he got a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick says sharing an honor with Jack Nicklaus is “incredible” as he “don’t feel real” for his remarkable bunker shot at the final round at Brookline.

Fitzpatrick became only the second man, after Nicklaus, to win both the US Amateur and US Open titles at the same venue when he took victory at The Country Club on Sunday, with the Englishman previously claiming the amateur crown in Boston in 2013.

The 27-year-old – who finished six under par to single out Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler – says Nicklaus called him after becoming only the third Englishman to win the US Open in 52 years, following in his footsteps by Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013.

Fitzpatrick produced an incredible shot out of the bunker on the 72nd hole when he won the US Open at Brookline

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Fitzpatrick produced an incredible shot out of the bunker on the 72nd hole when he won the US Open at Brookline

Fitzpatrick produced an incredible shot out of the bunker on the 72nd hole when he won the US Open at Brookline

Fitzpatrick stunned the crowd on the 18th hole with a shot from 160 yards from a bunker and onto the green, before making two putts from 18 feet to clinch a first major title.

The new world No. 10 told Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir: “Every record you share with Jack is incredible. To share that one in particular is incredibly special.

“He called me after the round and congratulated me. It’s crazy to receive something like this from such a great golfing legend.

‘Winning the US Open is surreal’

“It’s hard to get my head around it [the bunker shot], to be honest. It doesn’t feel like I am, it doesn’t feel real.

Fitzpatrick won the title after Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a playoff

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Fitzpatrick won the title after Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a playoff

Fitzpatrick won the title after Will Zalatoris missed a birdie putt to force a playoff

†[Winning the US Open] is incredibly surreal. I did the media after the round and had to honestly wonder if it was a dream, if I was going to wake up.

“I’ve never felt this way. People say that and I’m not buying it, but it sure felt that way [for me]†

Fitzpatrick’s win over Brookline was his first PGA Tour win after seven previous DP World Tour titles, including the British Masters once and the DP World Tour Championship twice.

He said: “I never really said it, but one thing I’m proud of is that if I get the chance, I really feel like I’ll grab it. If I get the chance to win, I’ll go and win.

Fitzpatrick was lost for words after claiming his first major title in Boston

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Fitzpatrick was lost for words after claiming his first major title in Boston

Fitzpatrick was lost for words after claiming his first major title in Boston

“If you really look at my results, I don’t necessarily put myself in a position to win enough. I’m not always in the last group. This year I went back three or four shots to the last round and then had a good round to finish in the top 10.

“The times I’ve given myself chances to win, I’ve won the most. I’m proud to be a tough competitor, just wanting to win badly and doing the right things.”

Fitzpatrick: I feel like I’ve proven myself

Fitzpatrick’s attention now turns to the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews, which can be seen live on Sky Sports from July 14, with the Sheffield-born player saying his victory at the US Open has given him immense confidence.

Fitzpatrick said: “It’s huge. I feel like I’ve proved I have the ability to go there. I won the US Open final with 35 putts, which is not like Fitzpatrick at all.

“Hopefully that says a lot about where I’ve come with the other aspects of the game. I’m going to take that over the next few weeks and see what happens in St Andrews.

†[Friends and family] will keep me down to earth and being from Sheffield you can never get too high as you will be brought down again. It’s something I’ll keep an eye on.”

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