Will Zalatoris was runner-up with Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open, winning his first major golf title again on Sunday.
Zalatoris is likely to send the tournament to the playoffs between Fitzpatrick, but Zalatoris put is just an inch away.
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“I pay a lot of money for almost an inch and a half and this time I’m probably a three-time major champion,” he said. Via PGATour.com. “I think it will probably take a little more processing than (PGA Championship). I have no regrets. I thought I played great all week, especially starting today (up to 2 overs. Three).”
This is the second time that Zalatoris has been runner-up in this year’s major tournament and the third time in the last two years. He finished second at the PGA Championships in May, losing in the playoffs to Justin Thomas. Last year, he finished behind Hideki Matsuyama in the Masters.
“It stung, apparently … having three runners-up in my career so far in the majors. But keep knocking on that door. Obviously we’re doing the right thing,” Zalatoris said.
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He lost by 1-under 60 with one shot. It marked his sixth Top 10 finish in the majors since he made his debut at the US Open in Winged Football two years ago.
“I’m three shots away from becoming a three – time major champion,” Zalatoris said. “A bounce here or there.”
The difference was seen for the 15th hole. Zalatoris hit his ball into the green grass and finished the hole with a bogey. It was a two-shot swing, which eventually sank him.
“We’m going down and he’s going to say, ‘I lost the fairway and I got a terrible lie and he’s lost it 30 yards and he’s OK,’ ‘said Zalatoris caddy Ryan Goble. “But Matt played wonderfully. And yes, it was a great experience. So you say, ‘Yeah, we’ll get him next time’.”
Zalatoris got some solace in his putting.
He did not three-put all week and did it through a total of 72 holes in one of the game’s most challenging courses without a double-bogie.
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“In general, it leads to playing well at the US Open. So there’s a recipe. There’s a game,” Zalatoris said. “But like I said, I’m going to have to wait my turn.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.