Just Days Before the Open, Massive Social Media Flex From Former US Open Champion Sends Fans Into a Frenzy

Published 07/16/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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In a matter of days, the Open Championship will be returning to the prestigious Royal Liverpool Club after 9 long years! The coveted tournament will feature a stacked field of 156 players, all of whom will be vying to get the last laugh at the fourth and final major of the season.

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Many of the competing golfers have already descended upon Hoylake to gear up for the fast-approaching major. In fact, one past major winner’s British Open campaign has already gotten off to a great start, as evidenced by his latest social media update!

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On Friday, World No. 9 Matt Fitzpatrick was one of the biggest names to exit the Scottish Open. Rounds of 69–73 saw him miss the cutline for the second time in six starts, the last one coming at the PGA Championship. But, in hindsight, the golfer was able to kick off his preparation for the impending Open Championship earlier than most players.

If his recent social media post is any indication, Fitzpatrick has already put his Scottish Open woes behind him and is currently focusing on getting his second major win. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, the 28-year-old shared a photo of a locker that bore his name alongside the “Claret Jug” symbol.

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What grabbed the golf world’s attention, however, was the fact that the adjacent locker belonged to his younger brother, Alex! “Decent! #TheOpen,” the 2022 US Open winner wrote in the caption.

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24-year-old Alex Fitzpatrick currently plays on the Challenge Tour in Europe, a tier below the DP World Tour. He is part of the field this year at Hoylake.

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Many golf fans were extremely delighted for the two brothers, with one calling it “family goals.” The duo had last played together at the Zurich Classic, a team event on the PGA Tour, where they finished T19.

A former Wake Forest golfer, Alex, qualified for the Open at the West Lancashire Golf Club. He managed to outplay legend Sergio Garcia, who failed to qualify for the major for the first time since 1997.

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The 151st Open Championship will be held from July 20 to 23. During last year’s edition, Matt Fitzpatrick tied for the 21st position. Meanwhile, his younger sibling, Alex, will be making his major debut in the coming days.

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What do you think of the former US Open winner’s latest tweet? Who do you think will win the Open this year? Tell us in the comments!

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