Matt Fitzpatrick produced an outstanding show to win the US Open.
In a sport dominated by 6ft-plus gamers, Fitzpatrick is a 5ft 9in anomaly — and an enchanting one at that.
So, how did ‘Fitz’ alter his sport to win his first main? And what makes him totally different to his rivals? Let’s take a look…
Matt Fitzpatrick produced a massively spectacular show as he secured glory within the US Open
1. HE WEARS BRACES
Fitzpatrick began carrying them in March they usually’ll be in for some time but. ‘I believed it was about time if I used to be ever going to do it, and I’ve simply obtained used to them,’ he informed Sportsmail.
2. HE’S RATED BY THOSE WHO KNOW
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley likens him to Sir Nick Faldo in his diligent strategy to the sport. His veteran caddy Billy Foster, in a nod to Fitzpatrick’s prodigious work ethic, refers to him as ‘Bernhard Langer’s love little one’.
McGinley added on Sunday: ‘I don’t assume there’s a weak spot in his sport. He had an issue in some tournaments towards the large bombers however he’s definitely fastened that with how far he hits it now. And he’s obtained an enormous coronary heart, which tends to be missed.’
Ex-Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley likened Fitzpatrick’s strategy to that of Sir Nick Faldo
Like Faldo, Fitzpatrick is diligent in his strategy, which has large advantages for his sport
3. HOW HAS HE ADDED SO MUCH LENGTH?
It’s all all the way down to The Stack. It’s a velocity coaching system devised by Fitzpatrick’s coach Mike Walker and a biomechanist known as Sasho Mackenzie.
It’s advanced to explain however the advantages are clear. Fitzpatrick’s clubhead velocity is now comparable with the likes of Jon Rahm.
4. CHIPPING CROSS-HANDED
Another Mike Walker innovation. Fitzpatrick, 27, adopted this technique as a coaching drill till it felt so snug that he integrated it into his sport for sure photographs across the greens.
When that proved efficient, he went the entire hog and now makes use of it in every single place bar taking part in from bunkers. Last yr, Fitzpatrick was ranked exterior the highest 100 in all 4 chipping classes. Now he’s within the single digits in every.
Fitzpatrick makes use of the strategy of chipping cross-handed in every single place bar taking part in from bunkers
5. HE’S GUTSY
It was a daring determination to place in danger a profitable profession seeking the X issue that he lacked. It would possibly effectively show akin to Faldo’s determination to hunt out the modern coach David Leadbetter, and a partnership that remodeled him from a European Tour winner right into a six-time main champion.
6. HE’S A NERD
From the second he emerged as an beginner golfer of excessive promise and received the US beginner title in 2013 Fitzpatrick began taking a notice of each stroke he performed. Twelve years later, he’s nonetheless at it. He doesn’t notice the place his ball finishes in relation to the flag.
He charts the place it lands in relation to the shot he was making an attempt to hit. Take the fifteenth on Saturday, a seemingly excellent iron shot lifeless on line that completed 6ft from the opening. In Fitzpatrick’s guide, that went down as a five-yard miss on accuracy and size as a result of he was aiming to be that far to the suitable of the flag and that far longer.
After profitable the US beginner title in 2013, Fitzpatrick began being attentive to each stroke he performed