Paul McGinley insists new US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick can win six major titles
‘Everything in his life revolves around the game’: former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley insists new US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick can win six major titles
- Matt Fitzpatrick won his first major when he took US Open glory at Brookline
- The 27-year-old’s triumph made him only the third Englishman to win
- No British golfer has won more than six major titles in the last 100 years
Paul McGinley believes new US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is so obsessed with golf that he is destined for a career like Sir Nick Faldo, winning six majors.
The 27-year win over Brookline made him only the third Englishman to win the US Open in 90 years, after Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013.
Former Ryder Cup captain McGinley said: “Very few players have such an obsession with the game as Tiger Woods had it and Faldo had it, but I see it in this guy too. Everything in his life revolves around his dedication to the game.
Paul McGinley insists US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is destined to be like Sir Nick Faldo
The 27-year-old’s triumph made him only the third Englishman to win the US Open
“I know it’s easy to get giddy with players when they’ve just won a major, but I don’t see Fitz settling for just one player like a lot of guys have done.
He won’t rest on his laurels. He will be there in time for the Open in St Andrews next month.
“Now that he broke through in the majors at a good age, I see him becoming one of those guys who wins four or five majors, or maybe even six.”
Former Ryder Cup captain McGinley believes Fitzpatrick’s obsession will continue his career
No British golfer has won more in the last 100 years than the six majors Faldo claimed, with three Open titles and three at the Masters.
Faldo came closest to winning the US Open at Brookline, where he lost a playoff to Curtis Strange in 1988.
Faldo was one of many celebrities in the sports world to pay tribute to Fitzpatrick, who held off the challenge of No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris to win on a tense final day, and welcome him to the majors club.
‘What a ball striking performance and display of British bottle!’ said Faldo.