Adam Scott in action this week – photo USGA Jeff Haynes
Marc Leishman and Adam Scott have finished as the leading Australasians at the 2022 US Open at the Country Club, Brookline, the pair both recording impressive final rounds of 68 and finishing the event at 2 over and tied for 14th place.
Despite the scoring becoming a little easier on day four following overnight rain, their rounds of 68 were some of the best of the day and moved the pair from a their 54 hole tie for 35th to their finish inside the top 20.
“I played some really good stuff,” said Scott reflecting on the week. “I’ve felt good all week, but U.S. Opens are hard because you can derail so quickly. I managed to keep it together today. The course was a little friendlier with the rain overnight, but the wind was up early.
“I hit some good shots and got off to a good start and survived a day at the country club.
“I really enjoyed the week. I feel like I had a plan for the golf course and it worked well. Of course when you’re not winning, you can easily point out areas where you can do better. The last three holes on Friday probably really cost me a good run at this tournament over the weekend.
“That’s my simple explanation after just walking off. It would have been nice to be under par on Friday night and been feeling like I’m really in contention, but I was on the periphery all week.”
Min Woo Lee began the final day as the leading Australasian and after a great final round on debut at the Masters in April, there was an expectation he might repeat the dose and perhaps even contend on day four. It was not to be, however, although after dropping four shots in his first six holes he managed to fight back for a round of 73 to finish in a share of 27th.
Todd Sinnott recovered from his horror final nine yesterday with a round of 70 to finish 31st in his very first major appearance and despite finishing four shots behind Scott and Leishman it may be that his performance could be considered the best of the nine Australasians who started the event, especially given his lack of experience at this level.
Sinnott will however secure a cheque for lose to US$100,000, one of his biggest in the game behind his win at the Myanmar Open in 2017 (US$135,000).
The winner, though, would be England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick who emerged the winner after a final round battle with Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler, Fitzpatrick winning by one after an impressive ball striking round on day four in which he hit an amazing 17 of 18 greens.
Perhaps the birdie 3 he made from the crowd on the right of the 15th followed by a 20 foot putt which edged him ahead was the highlight but so too was the shot he hit from the fairway bunker at the last to 25 feet followed by a two putt par to all but seal the victory when Zalatoris was unable to hole from shorter range.
Fitzpatrick would later describe his fairway bunker shot to the last green as one of the best shots he had hit in his life and that it (a fairway bunker shot) was a shot that had been giving him grief of late. It will no longer.
Fitzpatrick with his treasured trophy – photo Jeff Haynes USGA