Aussies on Tour: Scott, Leishman our best at US Open - PGA of Australia

Aussies on Tour: Scott, Leishman our best at US Open

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick drew comparisons with an Australian great as Adam Scott and Marc Leishman were our best finishers at the 2022 US Open at The Country Club, Brookline.

Not since David Graham hit all 18 greens in regulation in winning the 1981 US Open at Merion had a player delivered a ball-striking performance conjured by Fitzpatrick in the most intense pressure imaginable in championship golf.

The US Amateur champion at Brookline in 2013, Fitzpatrick and playing partner Will Zalatoris parried and thrust throughout the final round before two iron shots from either side of the 15th and 18th fairways sealed his status as a major champion.

A 50-foot birdie putt at 13 earned Fitzpatrick a share of the lead at five-under and then a 5-iron from 225 yards from the trampled-down right rough at 15 set up the birdie that would ultimately prove the difference.

He had a one-stroke lead when he hit it into the same bunker left of the 18th fairway that defending champion Jon Rahm did 24 hours earlier on his way to a double-bogey. Yet Fitzpatrick didn’t flinch, hitting 9-iron to find his 17th green in regulation and two-putting for the par that would clinch his place in history.

Fitzpatrick’s closing 68 edged Zalatoris (69) and world No.1 Scottie Scheffler (67) by one shot as Aussie pair Adam Scott and Marc Leishman also went under par in their final rounds to earn a share of 14th at two-over par.

After a slight stumble with a bogey at three Leishman hit back with birdies at four, seven and eight to turn in two-under, a birdie from 11 feet at the par-3 11th and bogey at 12 producing a Sunday 68 and his best result in the US Open.

Scott put himself in the mix on Thursday with a one-under 69 but was left to rue two bogeys in his final three holes on Friday that left too much ground to make up over the final 36 holes.

“The last three holes on Friday probably really cost me a good run at this tournament over the weekend,” Scott admitted.

“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.

“I’ve felt good all week, but US Opens are hard because you can derail so quickly. I managed to keep it together today.”

Birdies at 14 and 16 in a final round of three-over 73 was a fine way for Min Woo Lee to finish in his US Open debut while Todd Sinnott produced his best round of the week – an even-par 70 – to end his first major championship at six-over and tied for 31st.

A week out from the third women’s major of the year, Minjee Lee tumbled down the leaderboard in the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Chasing a third consecutive strokeplay title, Lee started with bogeys at two of her first three holes to fall out of contention, ultimately signing for a two-over 74 and a share of 18th.

Her West Australian compatriot and fellow major winner Hannah Green supplanted Lee as the best-performed Aussie, making five birdies in her round of three-under 69 to earn a share of 12th.

In a strong week for the Aussie girls around the world, Grace Kim continued her breakout season on the Epson Tour with a tie for fourth at the Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA and Whitney Hillier earned her second top-five finish of the year at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series-London event.

US Open
The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts
Winner Matthew Fitzpatrick       68-70-68-68—274           $US3.15m
T14        Marc Leishman 70-71-73-68—282           $241,302
T14        Adam Scott        69-73-72-68—282           $241,302
T27        Min Woo Lee     73-70-69-73—285           $127,002
T31        Todd Sinnott      71-71-74-70—286           $100,331
MC        Cameron Smith 72-74—146
MC        Lucas Herbert    74-79—153
MC        Jed Morgan       82-74—156

Meijer LPGA Classic
Blythefield Country Club, Belmont, Michigan
Winner Jennifer Kupcho 63-67-69-71—270           $US375,000
Won on the second hole of sudden death playoff
4            Lydia Ko              70-68-65-68—271           $128,045
T12        Hannah Green   70-68-68-69—275           $39,849
T18        Minjee Lee         68-69-66-74—277           $28,274
T32        Su Oh    73-67-67-72—279           $15,724
T64        Katherine Kirk    68-71-73-72—284           $5,622
MC        Stephanie Kyriacou         71-72—143
MC        Sarah Jane Smith             71-72—143

Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kansas
Winner Norman Xiong   66-61-64-63—254           $US135,000
T18        Harrison Endycott           68-64-67-67—266           $9,825
T29        Nick Voke           65-67-68-69—269           $5,250
T33        Aaron Baddeley 65-66-69-70—270           $4,613
T51        Rhein Gibson     68-68-69-70—275           $3,183
MC        Harry Hillier       71-66—137
MC        Brett Drewitt     71-67—138
MC        Ryan Ruffels      71-74—145

Challenge Tour
Kaskáda Golf Challenge
Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic
Winner Martin Simonsen            64-65-68-67—264           €41,600
T41        Dimitrios Papadatos       68-72-73-70—283           €1,508
T51        Deyen Lawson   72-67-69-77—285           €1,019.20
MC        Jarryd Felton      73-69—142
WD        Daniel Hillier      71

ATB Classic
Edmonton Petroleum G&CC, Edmonton, Alberta
Winner Wil Bateman 65-67-68-65—265
T27        Cameron John   69-65-70-70—274
MC        Will Barnett       72-70—142
WD        Danny List          30

Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA
Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Winner Kiira Riihijarvi    68-69-69—206  $US30,000
T4          Grace Kim           68-71-72—211  $11,019
T8          Gabriela Ruffels 74-71-68—213  $5,317
T20        Karis Davidson  72-74-70—216  $2,412
T53        Hira Naveed       71-75-75—221  $835
T58        Julienne Soo      72-74-76—222  $724
T64        Soo Jin Lee         70-77-76—223  $650
MC        Robyn Choi        73-76—149
MC        Amelia Garvey   75-76—151

Legends Tour
Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship
Trevose G&CC, Padstow, England
Winner Paul Lawrie        64-71-70—205 
T32        Richard Green   72-74-75—221 
T41        Michael Long     72-75-77—224
T50        Peter Fowler      77-76-75—228

Ladies European Tour
Aramco Team Series – London
Centurion Club, London
Winner Bronte Law        68-71-71—210  €71,587.50
5            Whitney Hillier  70-73-72—215  €17,181

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