US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick returns USGA insult

Although it’s shaping up to be a fantastic tournament, fans and media alike are rooting for the USGA for this US Open. Even players jumped on that wagon, including defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick seems to be criticizing the lack of crowd and the poor atmosphere at the Los Angeles Country Club. However, on Saturday night, he took those feelings back.

Golf Digest published the quote and a story about Fitzpatrick tweeted, “Just to make it clear that I’m not criticizing the USGA…”

What happened to him to change his mind so quickly?

“Very poor. It’s disappointing on the part of the USGA,” Fitzpatrick said Dan told Rapoport Barstool Sports. “They want a great match – from what I hear, a lot [country club] Members bought tickets, that’s why there are fewer people. Hopefully, it won’t be the same for other US Opens to come.

Fitzpatrick was clearly disappointed with the USGA and the venue selection.

The United States Golf Association reportedly sold 22,000 daily tickets to the public. That number feels huge, but the PGA Championship in Little Rochester, New York sold 40,000 daily.

Beyond that, of the 22,000 tickets sold daily, only 8,000 were sold General public. You know, the loud ones. Another 14,000 were sold for Golf Digest’s package, Skybox and other private club-type tickets.

The tournament left many feeling that it didn’t feel like a regular US Open. Some have even gone so far as to refer to it as ‘Corporate Open’.

This ticket failure doesn’t grow the game, but limits it to a select percentage of people who can afford the $400 price tag.

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