It must’ve been an overwhelming experience for Matt Fitzpatrick when he checked his phone after winning the 2022 U.S. Open. Friends old and new, fellow golfers, and even celebrities were blowing him up with congratulatory texts for his greatest accomplishment as a professional golfer yet.
Most of them he expected, but one in particular came as a huge surprise.
After winning his first major championship, Fitzpatrick received a shocking text from none other than Michael Jordan.
Matt Fitzpatrick fulfilled a lifelong dream by winning the U.S. Open
Heading into last week’s U.S. Open, Fitzpatrick didn’t have a single professional win on U.S. soil to his name. He has recorded eight wins on the European Tour, but he was still searching for his first PGA Tour victory.
And why waste your first one on a non-major? In the most impressive performance of his professional caeer, Fitzpatrick conquered The Country Club at Brookline and won the U.S. Open at 6-under par. After the career-defining victory, the Englishman admitted it was a dream come true.
“It’s what you grow up dreaming of,” Fitzpatrick told reporters. “It’s something I’ve worked so hard for for such a long time. There was a big monkey on my back trying to win over here and everyone, all they ever talked about was that. To do it as a major for my first win, there’s nothing better.”
Shortly after sinking the winning putt, Fitzpatrick experienced another life-changing moment he never could’ve expected.
Michael Jordan stunned Matt Fitzpatrick with a congratulatory text
Fitzpatrick’s cell phone must’ve been buzzing off the hook in the hours and days following his U.S. Open triumph, but one specific text from the GOAT was a bit more special than the others.
“I am a member of his golf club down in Florida, he let me in, but Michael Jordan did text me just saying, ‘Well done,'” Fitzpatrick said on a recent episode of Barstool Sports’ Fore Play podcast. “I was pretty blown away by that one. That was unreal.”
Fitzpatrick is a member of Jordan’s The Grove XXIII private golf course in Hobe Sound, Fla., but he couldn’t have expected a congratulatory text from one of the greatest athletes to ever live. He better get used to it, though, because this has now become his life as a major champion.