美國公開賽冠軍馬特-菲茨帕特里克在贏得首個大滿貫冠軍後展望未來

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美國公開賽冠軍馬特-菲茨帕特里克在贏得首個大滿貫冠軍後展望未來

馬特-菲茨帕特里克在2015年11月首次闖入世界前50名,此後一周內,他一直舒適地坐在男子職業高爾夫的精英階層中。

現在他是前十名。現在他已經在美國獲勝。現在他是大滿貫冠軍,這要歸功於他在美國公開賽上取得的輝煌勝利,這將被視為偉大的美國公開賽之一。

菲茨帕特里克的父親拉塞爾在他兒子的布魯克林勝利之後告訴BBC體育:"他並不高興在世界25到18名之間徘徊兩三年,"。

在2020年的大滿貫賽後,事情出現了轉機。他來到哈丁公園參加那年的美國PGA錦標賽,在打球之前就給朋友發短信說他沒有機會了。

很簡單,這位球員厭倦了在他知道自己不可能獲勝的地方出現。

菲茨帕特里克與長期的教練邁克-沃克合作,後者位於南約克郡,與最初發現球員天賦的傳奇教師皮特-考文一起工作。

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考恩是菲茨帕特里克的銀行經理父親的客戶。"你需要一點運氣。我可能一直在樸茨茅斯工作,從未見過皮特,"拉塞爾說。

他的兒子與沃克坐下來,想出了如何獲得額外的碼數,這將使一切變得不同。

他們請來了生物力學專家Sasho Mackenzie的幫助,他給球員提供了一個名為 "堆棧 "的速度棒,以及一個改變他比賽的制度。

菲茨帕特里克透露。"我一直在虔誠地做這個,周而復始。這基本上就像去健身房一樣"。

而他如此勤奮地鍛煉力量和速度,最終使他在馬薩諸塞州的同一個場地獲得美國公開賽冠軍,這並不奇怪,因為他在那裡作為一個瘦小的青少年贏得了2013年美國業餘賽。

"在紀律方面,他就是這麼有組織,"他的父親補充說。"他不留任何機會。"

球童比利-福斯特(Billy Foster),對他來說,這是作為主要球童40年後的第一次重大成功,他用更直白的方式來描述他老闆的奉獻精神。

"當我第一次為他工作時,我說他是Bernhard Langer的愛子,"福斯特告訴我。這個一絲不苟的德國人是兩屆美國大師賽的冠軍,萊德杯的傳奇人物,在64歲的時候還在贏得高級冠軍。

"沒有人比馬特更努力了,"福斯特繼續說。"他有一種令人難以置信的職業道德,加上贏得大滿貫冠軍所帶來的額外信心,這將使他在前進的道路上保持良好的狀態。"

福斯特在為托馬斯-比約恩、李-維斯特伍德和達倫-克拉克工作時,曾遭遇過一些痛苦的大滿貫失敗。菲茨帕特里克用他在鄉村俱樂部的驚人表現消除了大部分的心痛。

他擊敗了世界排名第一的斯科蒂-謝夫勒,將衛冕冠軍喬恩-拉姆和戰鬥中的羅里-麥克羅伊等人甩在身後,並將大牌專家威爾-扎拉托里斯擠到了大滿貫賽的第三個亞軍位置。

福斯特說:"他在美國公開賽的大滿貫賽中打出了18個果嶺中的17個,"。"那是不可思議的高爾夫。

"他在開球時放了20碼。他的爭奪和切球已經好了很多,他通常推杆很棒。過去幾周,他沒有很好地推杆,這完全不像是他。

"他將會越來越強壯,成為比賽中真正的主導者。"

菲茨帕特里克沉默寡言,但他也許比任何人都更清楚自己的潛力。在布魯克林18號果嶺周圍媒體瘋狂爭奪的喧囂中,他花了一點時間來反思自己的成就。

"我對自己有信心,"他告訴BBC體育。"我支持我自己。我真的覺得我可以在這裡競爭。

"我覺得我比我已經取得的成績更好,我真的這麼覺得。我認為對我來說,這是一件特別的事情,因為我在過去幾年中付出的努力得到了回報。"

現在世界排名第十的球員,這是他今年在美巡賽上第八次獲得前十名。他最大的掙扎是試圖闡明這場勝利對他意味着什麼。

"我不能告訴你,我真的不能告訴你,"他笑着說。"在我看來,沒有多少人比我更努力工作。

"我只是試圖在任何地方找到1%,只要我可以。無論是睡眠,還是射擊選擇,球場策略,不管是什麼。

"我只是試圖找到能讓我成為更好的球員的東西。我在年初的時候抱怨過,這些人每周都是前十名--我到底缺少什麼?

"而我今年正好做到了這一點。所以我只是要繼續做我正在做的事情。

"我現在不想自滿。贏得這場比賽很容易,只是在一段時間內有點消失。我只是要繼續做我正在做的事情。"

對這位自他的南約克郡同胞丹尼-威利特在2016年大師賽上獲得男子大滿貫後的首位英國冠軍做出輕率和宏大的預測是不負責任的。

但是菲茨帕特里克的口頭禪肯定會對他有好處。正如他所說:"不要偷懶,繼續努力,希望後面還有一些。"


Matt Fitzpatrick first cracked the world's top 50 in November 2015 and for all bar one week ever since he has sat comfortably in the elite strata of men's professional golf.

Now he is top-10. Now he has won in the United States. Now he is a major champion, thanks to a brilliant victory at what will be remembered as one of the great US Opens.

"He wasn't happy hanging around 25 to 18 in the world for two or three years," Fitzpatrick's father Russell told BBC Sport in the wake of his son's Brookline triumph.

It came to a head after the majors of 2020. He had arrived at Harding Park for that year's US PGA Championship and texted friends to say he stood no chance before he had even struck a ball.

Quite simply, the player was sick of turning up at venues where he knew he could not win.

Fitzpatrick doubled down with long time coach Mike Walker, who is based in South Yorkshire and works alongside the legendary teacher Pete Cowen who initially uncovered the player's talents. • None Key shot to US Open win was hit and hope - Fitzpatrick

Cowen was a client of Fitzpatrick's bank manager dad. "You need a bit of luck. I could have been working in Portsmouth and never met Pete," Russell said.

His son sat down with Walker to figure out how to gain the extra yards that would make all the difference.

They enlisted the help of bio-mechanist Sasho Mackenzie who gave the player a speed stick called "The Stack" and a regime to transform his game.

Fitzpatrick revealed: "I've been doing that religiously, week in week out. It's like going to the gym basically."

And it is no surprise that he was so diligent in building the strength and speed that ultimately made him US Open champion at the same Massachusetts venue where he won the 2013 US Amateur as a skinny teenager.

"In terms of discipline, he's just so organised," his father added. "He leaves nothing to chance."

Caddie Billy Foster, for whom this was a first major success after 40 years as a leading bagman, has a more blunt way of describing his boss's dedication.

"When I first started working for him I said he's Bernhard Langer's lovechild," Foster told me. The meticulous German is a two-times Masters winner, Ryder Cup legend and is still winning senior titles at the age of 64.

"There's nobody works harder than Matt," Foster continued. "He has an incredible work ethic and with that extra bit of confidence from winning a major championship it'll hold him in good stead moving forward."

Foster was on the receiving end of some bitter major defeats while working for Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke. Fitzpatrick erased much of that heartache with his stunning display at The Country Club.

He beat world number one Scottie Scheffler and left the likes of defending champion Jon Rahm and a battling Rory McIlroy in his wake as well as edging big time specialist Will Zalatoris into a third runner-up finish at a major.

"He hit 17 out of 18 greens in a major championship at a US Open," Foster said. "That's incredible golf.

"He's put on 20 yards off the tee. His scrambling and chipping has got a lot better and he normally putts great. He hasn't putted really well the last few weeks which is not like him at all.

"He's going to go from strength to strength and be a real dominant player in the game."

Fitzpatrick is quietly understated but he, perhaps more than anyone else, knows his potential. Amid the hubbub of a frenzied media scramble around Brookline's 18th green he took a moment to reflect on what he achieved.

"I've got confidence in myself," he told BBC Sport. "I back myself. I really feel like I can compete out here.

"I feel like I'm better than what I've already achieved, I really do. I think for me this is such a special thing for the work that I've put in over the last few years to pay off into this."

Now the ranked the world's 10th best player, this was his eighth top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year. His biggest struggle is trying to articulate what this victory means to him.

"I can't tell you, I honestly can't tell you," he smiled. "There's not many, in my opinion, that work harder than me.

"I just try and find 1% everywhere wherever I can. Whether it is sleep, whether it is shot selection, course strategy, whatever it is.

"I'm just trying to find something that makes me a better player. I complained at the start of the year these other guys are top-10 every week - what is it that I'm missing?

"And I've done exactly that this year. So I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing.

"I don't want to get complacent now. It is very easy to win this and just kind of disappear a little bit for a while. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing."

It would be irresponsible to make rash and grandiose predictions for the first British winner of a men's major since his fellow South Yorkshireman Danny Willett at the 2016 Masters.

But Fitzpatrick's mantra will surely serve him well. As he says: "Don't get lazy and keep working hard and hopefully some more will follow."

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