‘Maybe He Was on the Bryson Program’: Matt Fitzpatrick Leaves World No. 1 in Disbelief

Published 06/20/2022, 12:15 PM EDT
Jun 19, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Matthew Fitzpatrick poses with the US Open Championship Trophy after the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 U. S. Open has ended successfully at the Brookline Country Club. The 27-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick won the title, impressing the golf world, including the Masters champion with his long drives. 

“I played with him in Austin this year, and he was not hitting it nearly as far as he is now,” Scottie Scheffler said about the English golfer. Furthermore, the current world No. 1 even wondered how his fellow competitor could cover such distance. “Maybe he was on the Bryson program or something,” he added

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Bryson DeChambeau is known for his long drives. He had even once hit a 428-yard in a PGA Tour tournament. The Mad Scientist was included in the top 16 in the Long Drive Championship. And Scottie Scheffler compared Fitzpatrick to the DeChambeau as his long drives have improved a lot. 

Notably, the English golfer ranked 151st in driving distance on the PGA Tour three years ago. However, he ranked 63rd this year. Considering the drastic change the 8-time winner had in a short time, it is no wonder that Scheffler got surprised. 

How did Matt Fitzpatrick improve his long drives? 

According to Fitzpatrick, he didn’t gain more distance overnight. He explained that he worked with his coach, Mike Walker, and biomechanist, Sasho Mackenzie, on the TheStack system. 

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TheStack is a program that helps golfers attain more swing speed through calculated practices. The system will find the flaw in the golfer’s swing and provide training sessions to improve himself. 

“I’ll be honest,” Fitzpatrick said about TheStack. “It’s worked wonders.” The system or not, the golfer has improved a lot. His choice to hit 267-yards in the 561-yard par-5 eighth was one example of it. Notably, he finished the hole with a birdie. Meanwhile, his group mate Will Zalatoris, who took the lay-up shot, finished with an even par. 

The English golfer won his first professional major!

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Matthew Fitzpatrick won his first major and first PGA Tour win at the 2022 U. S. Open. He won it with a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.  

Jun 19, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Matthew Fitzpatrick lines up his putt on the sixth green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

It was his first professional win at the Brookline Country Club. However, it was not the first time he had won on the course. The golfer had won the U. S. Amateur at the Country Club in 2013. 

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Interestingly, he is only the second to win both U. S. Amateur and U. S. Open on the same course. The Tour veteran and 18-time major winner, Jack Nicklaus, is the first to achieve this feat. What did you think of Matt Fitzpatrick’s improved long drives? 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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