Brookline, Massachusetts, United States, 20 June 2022 – Rolex Testimonee Matthew Fitzpatrick has earned his place in U.S. Open history by winning the 122nd edition and claiming the first Major title of his career.
The Country Club, established 140 years ago and one of the most fabled courses in the United States, once again provided a tough challenge to competitors as it hosted the event for a fourth time. Fitzpatrick has a history of success at The Country Club, Brookline which was the stage where he first made a name for himself by winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship. Now the story has come full circle with the English player claiming his maiden Major to become the first non-American to win both the championship and amateur titles – and do so at the same venue.
Fitzpatrick was rewarded for his precision and resilience, securing the winner’s Jack Nicklaus Medal with a final-round 2-under par, 68 at The Country Club to finish the tournament with a 6-under par total of 274. The 1-shot victory from fellow Rolex Testimonee, Scottie Scheffler at the second oldest men’s Major, of which Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper and Official Partner for more than four decades, means Fitzpatrick joins Nicklaus as the only players to win the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Open at the same course. Nicklaus achieved this feat in 1961 and 1972 after securing victories at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
In lifting the coveted U.S. Open trophy, this win elevates the Englishman into an exclusive group of Rolex Testimonees who have etched their name on the trophy, including The Big Three – Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus and Gary Player – as well as Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.
Following Sunday’s final day of play, on becoming a Major champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick, said:
“It’s what you grow up dreaming of winning and I’ve worked so hard for such a long time. It’s ten million times better than I thought it would feel. Any time you share a record with Jack Nicklaus is unbelievable and for me to be able to have that is incredible.”
Rolex’s support for golf spans more than 50 years and extends to all levels of the sport, including the leading players, tournaments, governing bodies and team competitions.
NOTES TO EDITORS
ROLEX TESTIMONEE U.S. OPEN WINNERS
Arnold Palmer (1960)
Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)
Gary Player (1965)
Tom Watson (1982)
Curtis Strange (1988, 1989)
Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008)
Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)
Martin Kaymer (2014)
Jordan Spieth (2015)
Brooks Koepka (2017, 2018)
Bryson DeChambeau (2020)
Jon Rahm (2021)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (2022)
ABOUT ROLEX AND GOLF
Rolex is committed to the permanent quest for excellence in all its endeavours and has been a long-term supporter of golf in its pursuit of the same. The brand’s enduring relationship with the sport began more than 50 years ago, in 1967, when Arnold Palmer, joined by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, became the brand’s first golfing Testimonees. Known together as The Big Three, these legendary players changed the face of golf forever, and their partnership with Rolex marked the beginning of a relationship based on the shared commitment to continuous improvement and unwavering precision. Since then, the affiliation has grown and flourished, permeating every level of the game worldwide. From elite players and golf legends, to all the game’s Major championships, where success represents the pinnacle of achievement in the sport, as well as the foremost professional tours and worldwide amateur championships, Rolex is ever-present. In 2021 Rolex further deepened its support by becoming a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup, to act as Official Timekeeper at every iteration of the sport’s pre-eminent team competition. The Swiss manufacturer’s support for the game is built on a strong sense of integrity and respect for tradition that promote the continuity of expertise and transfer of knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of investing in the sport’s development for future generations.