US Open defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick criticizes ‘very poor’ atmosphere at LACC

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Defending US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick criticizes ‘very poor’ atmosphere as Viktor Hovland reveals he’s ‘not a big fan’ of LACC

  • Fans on social media have complained of a ‘corporate’ atmosphere at LACC
  • 14,000 of 23,000 tickets have reportedly been sold as suite or hospitality deals
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Defending US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he’s disappointed in the atmosphere at this year’s major at Los Angeles Country Club. 

The Englishman heads into the final round at one-under has a long shot at defending his title, which he won at the Country Club at Brookline last year, sitting nine shots back of the co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Wyndham Clark. 

And it appears the 28-year-old hasn’t been enjoying this week’s tournament as much as last year’s. 

The major has faced criticism on social media for a ‘corporate’ atmosphere with 14,000 of 23,000 tickets per day reportedly being sold as suite or hospitality deals, according to Dan Rapaport. 

Fitzpatrick seemed to share fans’ grievances as he admitted it was disappointing for the USGA, organizers of the major.  

Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he's disappointed in the US Open atmosphere

Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he’s disappointed in the US Open atmosphere

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‘Very poor . . . It’s disappointing on the USGA side,’ Fitzpatrick said, via Golf Digest.  ‘They want a great tournament—from what I’ve heard a lot of members bought tickets and that’s why there’s so many less people. Hopefully it’s not the same for other U.S. Opens going forward.’

He also revealed that he, like US PGA champion Brooks Koepka, was not a fan of the course. 

‘Yeah, I just think the golf course is interesting, to be polite, I think,’ Fitzpatrick said. ‘There’s just too many holes for me where you’ve got blind tee shots and then you’ve got fairways that don’t hold the ball. There’s too much slope. 

‘I think the greens certainly play better when they’re firmer. I definitely think that’s the case. They’re rolling really, really well. 

US PGA champion Brooks Koepka previously said he was not a fan of the LACC course

US PGA champion Brooks Koepka previously said he was not a fan of the LACC course

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Fitzpatrick's fellow European Viktor Hovland also admitted LACC wasn't impressing him

Fitzpatrick’s fellow European Viktor Hovland also admitted LACC wasn’t impressing him

‘Some of the tee shots are just—I think they’re a little bit unfair. You hit a good tee shot and end up in the rough by a foot and then you’re hacking it out. 

‘Meanwhile someone has hit it miles offline the other way and they’ve got a shot. Yeah, not my cup of tea.’ 

Fitzpatrick’s fellow European Viktor Hovland also admitted LACC wasn’t impressing him this week. 

‘I’m not a big fan of this golf course, to be honest,’ he said, via Golf Digest. ‘I think there’s some good holes. I don’t think there’s any great holes. I think there’s a few bad holes. I think No. 9 is probably the best hole out here in my opinion.’ 



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