Matt Fitzpatrick chasing a Boston double as he moves into contention at US Open
Matt Fitzpatrick had his sights set on a Boston double as he headed into the second round of the US Open in contention for a maiden major title.
Fitzpatrick won the US Amateur at Brookline in 2013 and enjoyed plenty of “home” support nine years later as he carded an opening 68 to lie two shots off the lead held by Canada’s Adam Hadwin.
Hadwin’s 66 left him one shot clear of a five-strong group which included four-time major winner Rory McIlroy and England’s Callum Tarren.
Fitzpatrick, who is hoping to emulate Jack Nicklaus in winning the US Amateur and US Open on the same course, said: “I love being in Boston and everyone in the crowd has made me feel very welcome from when I was here nine years ago.
“It definitely feels in a strange way a little bit more like a home game, which is obviously nice, but definitely I notice that support.”
Fitzpatrick, who came into the week as one of the favourites due to his Brookline experience and a tie for fifth in the US PGA Championship last month, added: “It’s nice that I’ve played well around here before.
“There’s absolutely no reason why I can’t do it again and on paper my game is way better than it was nine years ago.
“I feel like I just have that confidence that I can turn it around. When you’ve not played a golf course or not had necessarily good experiences at a golf course before, you don’t have that and it’s easy to get down on yourself.
“Here I’ve got great memories of the place and I feel like I know I can have success.”
Round of the day
Hadwin was one over par after three holes but then birdied five of the next six to be out in 31 on his way to a superb 66.
Shot of the day
Fitzpatrick’s approach to the 12th left him with a treacherously quick chip down the green, but the 27-year-old made it look easy.
Statistic of the day
Top statistician Justin Ray highlights the importance of a good start in the US Open.
The 473-yard par-four 12th hole played the toughest, Fitzpatrick’s birdie one of just eight made by the 156-man field. A total of 11 double bogeys contributed to an average of 4.474.
The par-five eighth was the easiest, yielding six eagles and 67 birdies for a scoring average of 4.620.
Key tee times (all BST)
1251 Matt Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson
1302 Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen
1730 Callum Tarren, Fran Quinn, Hayden Buckley
1803 Collin Morikawa, James Piot, Jon Rahm
1825 Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele
Look for more humidity on Friday morning along with more heat by early afternoon setting the stage for a potential line of showers with a few storms to race through Boston around or shortly after 2pm. Once they pass, the winds shift to the west/north-west and usher in cooler, drier air for this weekend.
Steve Stricker makes Padraig Harrington sweat as Irishman wins US Senior Open
The pair were rival captains in last year’s Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
Golfers warned of further sanctions if they continue to play in LIV breakaway
The DP World Tour has issued fines of £100,000 and tournament bans to its members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf event earlier this month
DP World Tour hits members who played inaugural LIV series with £100,000 fines
They have also been banned from several forthcoming tournaments including the Scottish Open.
Rory McIlroy not impressed as Brooks Koepka becomes latest big name to join LIV
The world number two labelled the players who have joined the new series as “duplicitous” for the way they have handled their breakaway.
R&A confirms LIV Golf Series players will be allowed to compete at Open
The 150th Open Championship will get underway at St Andrews in three weeks’ time.
Matt Fitzpatrick turns to other major winners for advice on dealing with fame
Fitzpatrick won the US Open on Sunday.
Brooks Koepka set to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series
Koepka’s brother Chase played in the opening event at Centurion Club earlier this month.
Gary Player urges Matt Fitzpatrick to avoid ‘poison’ of modern-day coaching
Player tells US Open champion Fitzpatrick to learn from mistakes of recent major winners, saying: “The teaching today is the worst it has ever been.”
Matt Fitzpatrick’s caddie Billy Foster ready for ‘long party’ after US Open win
Foster won his first major after a 40-year career which includes spells working for the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.
Matt Fitzpatrick backed to become a dominant force after winning first major
The Englishman claimed his first major title at Brookline.