Matt Fitzpatrick believes his earlier triumph at Brookline will give him the sting as he seeks a primary main title within the 122nd US Open.
ine years after profitable the US Newbie title on the similar venue, Fitzpatrick shares the lead heading into the ultimate spherical of the 12 months’s third main with American Will Zalatoris, a shot forward of defending champion Jon Rahm.
World primary Scottie Scheffler, Keegan Bradley and Adam Hadwin are two photographs off the tempo on the Nation Membership, with Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns and Joel Dahmen one other stroke again and the final of simply 9 gamers in pink figures.
“I actually suppose it offers me an edge over the others,” Fitzpatrick stated of his US Newbie win in 2013. “I genuinely do imagine that. It’s an actual optimistic second in my profession. It type of kickstarted me.
“To return again right here and play so properly once more, it type of simply offers me rising confidence spherical by spherical.”
Fitzpatrick additionally contested the fourth spherical of the US PGA from the ultimate group at Southern Hills final month, a closing 73 that means he missed out on the play-off between Zalatoris and Justin Thomas by two photographs.
“I didn’t have my A-game that day and I felt like if I performed something like my A-game, B-game, no matter, I’d have been in even higher rivalry,” the 27-year-old added.
McIlroy’s probabilities of a fifth main title and first since 2014 disappearing when he performed his first six holes in three over par, however an excellent show of placing on the again 9 stored the leaders in his sights.
“It’s been a very long time since I gained a significant however I bear in mind the sensation and I would like that feeling once more,” McIlroy stated. “I’m one nice spherical of golf away from doing it and that’s all I’ve to deal with.”
Spherical of the day
Will Zalatoris moved right into a share of the lead with an excellent 67, which included only one bogey on a testing day.
Shot of the day
World primary Scottie Scheffler loved a two-shot lead after holing out from 102 yards for an eagle on the eighth.
Statistic of the day
Prime statistician Justin Ray confirms how a lot McIlroy relied on his putter on Saturday to stay in rivalry.
The par-four tenth performed because the hardest gap for the primary time, with simply 4 birdies, 25 bogeys and 4 double bogeys contributing to a scoring common of 4.547.
The par-five 14th was the best gap for the primary time, regardless of measuring over 600 yards, due to enjoying downwind. Nevertheless, one eagle and 15 birdies meant that in solely simply performed beneath its par with a scoring common of 4.906.
Key tee occasions (all BST)
1912 Rory McIlroy, Sam Burns
1923 Scottie Scheffler, Adam Hadwin
1934 Keegan Bradley, Jon Rahm
1945 Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris
In a single day the scattered rain showers mixed with a low of fifty levels will make it really feel extra like autumn in New England than the center of the summer time. Rain showers taper off heading into Sunday afternoon, however an overhead cloud deck will hold temperatures within the 60s for the best day of the week.