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US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick reveals he asked Rory McIlroy for advice on how to deal with success

US Open winner Matt Fitzpatrick reveals he has asked fellow British star Rory McIlroy for advice on how to handle success after his stunning first major win over Brookline

  • Matt Fitzpatrick has started trying to cope with fame after his US Open win
  • The Sheffield star stunningly won his first major at Brookline on Sunday
  • And Fitzpatrick revealed he was texting fellow UK star Rory McIlroy for advice

Someone saw Matt Fitzpatrick on the streets of New York Monday night. They did a triple take.

“I saw him walk by and then he turned back. And then he walked by again to just say, “Well done,” Fitzpatrick recalled Tuesday. The 27-year-old’s phone also buzzed in the days following his US Open victory.

Undoubtedly, none of the messages he received — not even those from Chris Wilder, Luis Figo, and Andriy Shevchenko — is as important as one he sent.

Fitzpatrick’s most important encounters are certainly ahead: After conquering Brookline to catch his first major, Fitzpatrick plans to chat with other champions about the do’s and don’ts of life in this job. Amongst them? Rory McIlroy.

“I messaged Rory to thank you for staying after Sunday’s round. I said maybe I wanted to talk about one or two things,” Fitzpatrick revealed.

“I will talk to a few more players who have also been in the same position as me, just about what to do, maybe what not to do, what worked well for them and try to get some advice.”

Matt Fitzpatrick has started trying to cope with fame after his US Open win on Sunday

Matt Fitzpatrick has started trying to cope with fame after his US Open win on Sunday

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After Sunday night, when he didn’t fall asleep until around 3am and barely fell asleep after that, the Yorkshireman is aiming to make this the first of many.

“I feel like I just proved to myself that I can do more. I feel like I can win other majors now,” he said.

Yes, he hopes to inspire boys and girls at home to play golf. Yes, he wants to parade the silverware around his beloved Bramall Lane.

But no other wild plans. “Nothing will change if I go back to Sheffield,” Fitzpatrick insisted. “I just want to see my family and my friends from home.” And practice of course.

Between now and next month’s Open Championship in St Andrews, the 27-year-old will play Ireland’s JP McManus Pro-Am and the Scottish Open.

Fitzpatrick received messages from, among others, former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

Fitzpatrick received messages from, among others, former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder

“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running in Scotland in a few weeks and playing my first event as a major champion,” he said.

“It was said in the past about winning on DP World Tour: those victories give confidence in regular events. And they do, no doubt about it.

But winning a major is just another level and that really gives me a huge boost to go to an event now.” No Englishman has won The Open since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992. Is chasing Faldo’s score in Fitzpatrick’s crosshairs?

“Of course I want to win six majors, but it was a bit of a joke between me and my friends that everyone who has six majors is part of this mythical legend group that we founded,” he said.

“Now everyone thinks I’m going to win six. I’m just trying to win one at a time and keep doing what I’m doing.”

And Fitzpatrick revealed he texted fellow Brit Rory McIlroy for advice on fame and success

And Fitzpatrick revealed he texted fellow Brit Rory McIlroy for advice on fame and success

Northern Irishman McIlroy is one of the best players in the world, winning four majors with 25

Northern Irishman McIlroy is one of the best players in the world, winning four majors with 25

One thing’s for sure: younger brother Alex won’t be heading home early from St Andrew’s after making that mistake at Brookline.

The 23-year-old had to fly back to Boston from North Carolina. Did Alex ask Matt to refund the $150 he spent on that extra flight?

“Not yet, no. My parents said they’d cover that, so I’m not worried.’ He can certainly miss the money. ‘No no no. He still lives with my parents, so they can do something with that.’

The Fitzpatrick clan was on hand to watch Matt’s fascinating battle against Will Zalatoris. It was the kind of theater that no money or shotgun start can replicate in the Saudi rebel series.

‘With 72 holes spread over four days, that always provides that extra tension. There’s extra pressure and stress,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s why it’s the best format in my opinion.”

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