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Matt Fitzpatrick Talks About Life After Winning a Golf Major

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In June, Matt Fitzpatrick’s life modified when he won the U.S. Open on the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., by one stroke over Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler.

That’s what happens when a golfer breaks through to capture one among the game’s 4 major tournaments. Nevertheless, Fitzpatrick, who’s from England, fares from here he can be ceaselessly referred to as a serious champion.

Fitzpatrick, 28, who will play on this week’s BMW PGA Championship on the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, spoke recently about his victory on the Open. The next conversation has been edited and condensed.

Did you hear from anyone after the Open victory that surprised you?

I’ve been really lucky. I’ve had quite a number of messages from various people — one specifically, a text from Michael Jordan. I’m a member of his club down here in Florida; I do most of my practice there. To receive that was very special. I received a handwritten note from Ben Crenshaw. I actually appreciate that as well.

What did Michael say within the text?

He just said, congratulations.

Has the Open victory made you alter your goals for the longer term or your perception of yourself?

I at all times felt just like the work I put in was adequate to compete in a serious. Whether it was adequate to win one, I used to be never sure because I had never given myself a likelihood up until the U.S. P.G.A. [Championship]. To win one backed it up that what I used to be doing is correct.

Have you ever been prepared for all of the demands on you?

I used to be briefed, principally, as soon as I won by my manager, Ted Brady, and Mark Steinberg. I understand that. That is my ninth yr as a professional. I do know what it’s wish to do media. Obviously, it’s just one other level while you’re a serious champion; there’s just more of it. I form of knew what was to come back.

Did your performance on the P.G.A. Championship go a good distance toward having confidence down the stretch at Brookline?

I believe so. Possibly I didn’t know it right after, but actually that week on the U.S. Open, I probably used a few of that have from the P.G.A.

A couple of years ago, you talked about the way you were working in your approaches. All that work paid off, didn’t it?

I struggled out of fairway bunkers all yr, but to hit that shot there [on the final hole] under the pressure and within the moment will obviously live with me ceaselessly. Basically, my approach play this yr, we modified my technique a bit of, and that’s really helped.

How does the Wentworth course fit your game?

I just like the golf course. It’s demanding tee to green. I feel a strength of mine is off the tee. I like playing there, and having the atmosphere of a house crowd can also be a giant advantage in my view, too.

You’ve played well there but said you haven’t really challenged to win. Any particular reason?

I just feel the fellows have played higher than me. I never really got close enough, and the one yr I did, I just had a nasty Saturday. Didn’t drive it well and form of lost my momentum from the primary two rounds, and that was it.

You were critical of St. Andrews two months ago. Any regrets with what you said?

No, not likely. I’m very picky with regards to golf courses, those I like and don’t like. I’ve never played it that firm and fast, and perhaps that emphasized my opinion on it greater than anything. I feel like sometimes you’ll be able to hit good shots at St. Andrews and never get rewarded. Sometimes you’ll be able to hit bad shots and get away with it.

Once you were a child, did you dream you can be a serious champion in your 20s?

I read various quotes from other major winners saying it wasn’t pretty much as good as what they thought it was going to feel like, and mine was the exact opposite. It was 10 million times higher than I ever thought it could feel. For me, it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.

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