As soon as it was announced that the 2022 US Open would be played at The Country Club at Brookline the date was circled in Matt Fitzpatrick's diary.

The 27-year-old from Sheffield arrives in Boston seeking his first major title and happily he is in the form of his professional life.

He had an impressive first round on his way to a top-10 finish at last week's Canadian Open, which returned after a two-year absence and saw Rory McIlroy successfully defend the title he won in 2019.

In his most recent major appearance, at last month's US PGA Championship, Fitzpatrick was in the final pairing on the last day for the first time in his career. An untidy closing 73 meant he missed the play-off, which was won by Justin Thomas.

But that week at Southern Hills finally confirmed that he is now ready to compete for the game's biggest prizes, nine years on from landing one of the most prestigious titles in the unpaid ranks of the game.

And this why Brookline is so special for the South Yorkshireman. It was there that he celebrated winning the US Amateur by beating American Oliver Goss 4&3 in the final.

Fitzpatrick still loves the place and now cannot wait to pit his ever improving professional skills against the par-70 7,254-yard layout this week.

Fitzpatrick remains a relatively slight figure by the standards of professional game. But he has added distance off the tee, averaging 296 yards, to a repertoire that he was already known for - his approach play and efficiency on and around greens.

Those are precisely the qualities required to win a US Open. He is bidding to become the first Briton to win America's national championship since Justin Rose in 2013.

It is a year that obviously resonates with Fitzpatrick and his experiences then might just have a bearing on his chances of winning the third men's major of the 2022 season.