Matt Fitzpatrick's US Open win is first step towards ambitious majors target

Matt Fitzpatrick is aiming to win six major titles over his career and took the first step towards that huge goal by claiming the US Open on Sunday.

The Sheffield star finished six-under at Brookline to beat Scottie Scheffler and Will Zaltoris by one shot on the final hole.

It is the first major title of the 27-year-old’s career as he joins Justin Rose as the only Englishmen to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

It has taken the Yorkshireman a little while to land the big one, after turning pro in 2014, but he does not intend to stop on one major title, with Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson’s tally of six the target.

‘Six is the number,’ he told Sky Sports of his major title ambition. ‘That’s the number that we all agreed on. I’ve got a bit of a way to go, but it’s a good start.

‘You want to go win more now, there’s no doubt about that.

‘It’s easy to still go off track. I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully more will come. I’m delighted with one so far.’

Fitzpatrick added: ‘The feeling’s out of this world. It is so cliche, but it’s stuff you dream of as a kid. To achieve it, I can retire a happy man tomorrow.’

It was also an incredibly emotional day for caddie Billy Foster who enjoyed a first major win after 40 years on the bag and missing out with the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke.

‘Unbelievably emotional,’ Foster told Sky Sports. ‘Forty years caddying; I knew somebody would get that giant monkey off my back. It was a gorilla, never mind a monkey!

‘He played absolutely brilliantly. He did my head in by missing a few short putts, but he didn’t need to win by four, did he? One was good enough.

‘It means a lot. Obviously, Westy [Westwood], Darren Clarke, Seve, they had their chances over the years, Thomas Bjorn I was caddying for that day when he left it in the bunker at Sandwich [2003 Open] and that really hurt – I thought about it every day for six months, it broke my heart.

‘But that has put a lot of bad memories to bed. It means everything to me.’

‘I’ve obviously won here twice now,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to get every tour event round here. To stay with them this week has made it so much more relaxing. There’s no pressure and I’ve loved every minute of it.’

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