Matt Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur Championship and lift the Havemeyer Trophy at The Country Club, Brookline yesterday.
Fitzpatrick, who is based at The Hallamshire Golf Club, has had a busy few weeks. Last month he won the silver medal for being low amateur at The Open at Muirfield and followed this by securing a place in the English Amateur final when he was beaten by his fellow England team colleague, Callum Shinkwin.
This time it was clear Fitzpatrick was not going to take second place and he demonstrated confidence as well skill throughout his match against Australian Oliver Goss. His one shot lead after the morning round was briefly pinned back when Goss squared the match on the first hole of afternoon play, but Fitzpatrick, who is No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, won the next two holes to go ahead for the rest of the match.
Goss, who reached the U.S. Amateur quarter finals last year, did manage to win back a hole on the 27th, but the two-hole advantage was regained by Fitzpatrick on the 28th hole of the match, when he sank a 10-foot par putt.
After halving the subsequent three holes, Fitzpatrick won holes 32 and 33 to wrap up the championship with a 4 and 3 victory.
By reaching the U.S. Amateur Championship final, Fitzpatrick has earned an exemption into the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club when he’ll be grouped with Justin Rose, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and Phil Mickelson, along with an invitation to next year’s Masters Tournament and the 2014 Open.
England Golf provided funding to eight players to support their participation in the U.S. Amateur Championship and saw three players reach the final 32 and two players, Fitzpatrick and Neil Raymond, from Corhampton Golf Club, reach the quarter finals.
Fitzpatrick’s success was followed within 24 hours with the confirmation of his place in this year’s team for the Walker Cup match against the USA being played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York on 7 and 8 September 2013. Fitzpatrick will be joined by six of his England colleagues in the 10 man team.
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Image of Matt Fitzpatrick © USGA/John Mummert.