Will Zalatoris was second in a golf major again, but can he win one?  Bank on it

Will Zalatoris was second in a golf major again, but can he win one? Bank on it


Greg Coplin awoke Monday morning to two text messages from freshly minted US Open runner-up Will Zalatoris. The first was a nod to Zalatoris’ local roots: a photo of him at age 7 with his dad, taken long ago (probably by Coplin) at Mariners Point in Foster City.

Yes, he will. And probably more than one.

Zalatoris nearly etched his name in Bay Area golf lore Sunday outside Boston. He came tantalizingly, agonizingly, frustratingly close to becoming the first San Francisco-born player in 46 years to win a major championship, since Johnny Miller’s victory at the 1976 British Open.

This counts as an impressive, curious habit for Zalatoris. He finished second to Hideki Matsuyama at last year’s Masters. He finished second to Justin Thomas at last month’s PGA Championship. He tied for second behind Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday.

That’s three runner-up finishes in majors in 14 months, a tribute to Zalatoris’ ability to thrive on the game’s biggest stages — and also a test of his patience and maturity.

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