English golf sensation Matt Fitzpatrick was inspired to his historic US Open win by a phone call with his tennis star ex-girlfriend – whose family are from Ukraine

English golf sensation Matt Fitzpatrick was inspired to his historic US Open win by a phone call with his tennis star ex-girlfriend – whose family are from Ukraine.

On a dramatic Sunday – which has now catapulted him to golf superstardom – the 27-year-old became just the third Englishman since 1924 to win the coveted title – after Tony Jacklin in 1970 and Justin Rose in 2013. 

Alongside the prestigious title, the Sheffield-born golfer has also netted a cool £2.5million ($3.5million) prize pot.

However his historic win might never have been, but for 태국골프 a perspective changing phone call from his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khazaniuk.

He called the 27-year-old  tennis star, who was born in Israel after her family immigrated from Ukraine, 태국골프 to check-up on her following Russia’s invasion of the country earlier this year. 

And he says the conversation caused him to rethink his sporting mentality – something which has helped paved the way to his US Open triumph.

He said: ‘She was telling me about her gran who had a couple of strokes recently and can hardly walk, so she can’t go anywhere.

‘Then she told me about her uncle who had just packed his bags and was off to fight tomorrow.

‘I was sitting there in Florida ready to practise and it hit me, the contrast between the fact he might never come back and what I do.

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England celebrates with the DP World Tour Championship trophy alongside Deniz Khazaniuk in December 2020

Matthew Fitzpatrick of England 태국골프 celebrates with the DP World Tour Championship trophy alongside Deniz Khazaniuk in December 2020

Matt Fitzpatrick's ex Deniz Khazaniuk - who is a tennis player - poses in the sun on the beach

It was a phone call with Deniz, pictured, that reshaped Matt's view and helped focus his victory

Matt Fitzpatrick’s ex Deniz Khazaniuk – who is a tennis player – poses in the sun on the beach

Matt says his historic win might never have been, but for a perspective changing phone call from his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khazaniuk (pictured)

Matt says his historic win might never have been, 태국골프 but for a perspective changing phone call from his ex-girlfriend Deniz Khazaniuk (pictured)

Deniz (pictured) lives with her family in Lviv, which has been hit badly during the invasion. Matt added the reality check of what they were going through made him appreciate his own life and ability to play the sport he loves

Deniz (pictured) lives with her family in Lviv, which has been hit badly during the invasion. Matt added the reality check of what they were going through made him appreciate his own life and ability to play the sport he loves

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