Fitzpatrick on US PGA near-miss: It “hurts a hell of a lot”

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Matt Fitzpatrick (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Matt Fitzpatrick took time to reflect on his tied-fifth finish at the US PGA Championship, admitting it “hurt a hell of a lot” to miss out on a shot at the title at Southern Hills on Sunday.

The 27-year old went into the final round three strokes adrift of 54-hole leader Mito Pareira looking to capture his maiden Major championship having enjoyed just one top-10 finish from 27 previous starts.

Fitzpatrick was forthright on Saturday evening on Sky Sports, acknowledging that he’d never been in a position to challenge for a Major title as he entered the unknown, but try as he might to reel in the wobbling leader, Fitzpatrick could only manage a three-over par 73, leaving him two strokes adrift of the playoff contested between eventual champion Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris.

“Unfortunately wasn’t to be last week,” said the world number 15 on Twitter.

“Having had a chance to reflect on yesterday’s round it’s been a tough one to take. Of course everyone this week has stories of what they could have done differently to have a better outcome.

“But for me to come away from the week to miss the play-off by two shots hurts a hell of a lot.

“I felt I was always chasing my tail right from the first tee shot on Sunday, I never quite felt I had my ball under control off the tee and that constantly put me out of position to challenge.

“Yes I made a few mistakes and I hit some poor shots at the wrong times and that’s what makes it hurt even more because I know I can hit better shots than I did yesterday.

“I’ll reflect on my week some more and get back to practising for the next stretch of events. Thank you to everyone for your support, I really do appreciate it!”

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