Fitzpatrick wins US Open; Kupcho wins the LPGA Meijer Classic

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England poses with the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England poses with the trophy after winning the US Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Sunday, June 19, 2022, in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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England’s Matt Fitzpatrick is once again champion at the Country Club, this time with golf’s greatest trophy.

An American amateur champion in 2013. The champion of the US Open on Sunday.

In a three-way battle at Brookline that went to the wire, Fitzpatrick took control with a nice break and an even better shot on the 15th hole for a two-shot swing. He was equally clutching a fairway bunker on the 18 that set par for a 2-under 68.

Fitzpatrick finished at 6 under 134.

Victory wasn’t assured until Will Zalatoris, who showed an incredible fight against every error, fell to his knees when his 15-foot birdie putt on 18 just slipped through the left side of the cup. Zalatoris, who closed with a 69, was a runner-up in the second straight major.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler never recovered from back-to-back bogeys to start the back nine that cost him the lead. He had a 25-foot birdie chance on 18 that narrowly missed and left him behind with a 67.

Along with the $3.15 million in prize money, Fitzpatrick had that gold Jack Nicklaus medal wrapped around his neck, which was fitting.

Fitzpatrick is the second man to win a US Amateur and a US Open on the same course, joining Nicklaus, who pulled it off at Pebble Beach. Juli Inkster won the US Women’s Amateur and the US Women’s Open at Prairie Dunes.

Fitzpatrick, who briefly played at Northwestern before turning pro, won for the eighth time in the world, and it was his first in America.

Zalatoris lost in the playoffs to Justin Thomas in the PGA Championship last month.

LPGA TOUR

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — After missing a 2-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff series, Jennifer Kupcho won the LPGA Meijer Classic when Leona Maguire’s 3-foot birdie try failed at the second additional hole.

Kupcho closed with 1-under 71 to tie playing partner Nelly Korda and Maguire at 18-under 270 at Blythefield Country Club. Kupcho birdied on both playoff holes. Maguire finishes with a 65.

Korda, the winner last year, had a 72 after taking a one-stroke lead over Kupcho in the final round. Korda dropped out of the playoff with a par three-putt on the first extra trip in the par-5 18th.

Kupcho won for the second time on the LPGA Tour, following his big win in early April at Mission Hills in the California desert. The 25-year-old former Colorado Wake Forest star won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019.

Maguire won the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony in early February to become the first Irish winner in LPGA Tour history.

Korda, second in the standings, made his second start since returning from a four-month hiatus due to a blood clot in his left arm. She finished tied for eighth two weeks ago at the US Women’s Open in her first event since early February.

KORN FERRY TOUR

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Norman Xiong won the Wichita Open for his first Korn Ferry Tour title, scoring two eagles in a 7-under 63 for a five-stroke win.

The former University of Oregon player from Guam finished 26-under 254 at Crestview Country Club. He opened with rounds of 66, 61 and 64, tying the course record with 61.

Xiong qualified for Monday’s event in Auburn Hills. He is the 25th open qualifier to be won on the tour and the first since Rick Lamb at the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge. Xiong was granted full tour membership for the remainder of the season.

Kevin Roy finished second after a 64.

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OTHER TOURS

Bronte Law hit a 55-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18 for a 2-under 71 and a one-stroke win over fellow Englander Georgia Hall in the Aramco Team Series-London of the Ladies European Tour . Hall finished at 9 under 210 at the Centurion Club in St. Albans, England. Hall closed with a 71. Sweden’s Linn Grant finished third at 7 under after a 69. Last week in Sweden, Grant won the mixed Scandinavian event to become the first female winner in European tour history. … Lim Hee Jeong won the Korea Women’s Open, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke win over Kwon Seo Yeon. Lim finished at 19 under 269 at Rainbow Hills in Chungcheongbuk. Kwon shot a 68. … Yuna Nishimura shot a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke win in the Nichirei Ladies of the LPGA Japan. She finished at 17-under 199 at Sodegaura Country Club.. … Denmark’s Martin Simonsen took a wire-to-wire victory in the Kaskada Golf Challenge in the Czech Republic for his first title on the European Challenge Tour. He finished with a 4-under 67 to finish 20-under 264. England’s Marco Penge (68) was four strokes behind. … Wil Bateman won a three-way playoff at the Mackenzie Tour ATB Classic at Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club. The Canadian hit the second extra hole to beat Joe Highsmith and Jorge Villar. Bateman closed with a 6-under 65 to tie Highsmith (66) and Jorge Villar (66) at 19-1,265. They all birdied the first playoff hole,

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