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Moment of magic enters sporting history

Is luck the key to winning? Matt Fitzpatrick defied the world's best golfers to claim his first major title with a one-shot victory in the US Open yesterday. How did he do it? What’s happening? Matt Fitzpatrick looked at the golf ball, swung his club and prayed. He was at the last hole in the final round of the US Open. If he could get the ball out of the bunker, he had a chance to win.  The shot was a good one. Minutes later, it was confirmed: Fitzpatrick had won the tournament. Find out more The victory on Sunday is Fitzpatrick’s first major golfing title. When he was 18, he won the US amateurNot professional. championship at the same course. Now, the 27-year-old from Sheffield, England is the first non-American to win both titles. "It's what you grow up dreaming of," said Fitzpatrick. “I've got to give myself credit: I had so much patience." Fitzpatrick believes that his attitude was key to his success. He was not always expected to win, but he worked hard anyway. “You work for what you get,” he says. “Missed opportunities are better than not contending at all,” says Rory McIlroy, who finished fifth.  Fitzpatrick is very disciplined. He has kept a record of every shot he has played since he was 15. Even his father says that many would call his dedication crazy. He is prepared to try anything to win.  “There’s just a dedication to getting better each day,” says his brother Alex.  Is luck the key to winning?  Some say Yes! You can do everything in your power to win, but sometimes chance plays a bigger role. If his competitors were on top form, Fitzpatrick may not have won.  Others think  No! Successful people make their own luck. Fitzpatrick won because he has worked hard and made the most of his natural talent. KeywordsAmateur - Not professional.

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