August 20, 2013. Matt Fitzpatrick is the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship title since 1911. He won over Australia’s Oliver Goss 4&3 in the final at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
The 18 year old was one down after the morning round, but squared the match on the first hole of the afternoon 18 by converting a seven-foot putt for par.
Ranked as World number two amateur golfer, Fitzpatrick stayed ahead for the rest of the round and sealed victory on the 33rd hole with a par putt.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Fitzpatrick, the 2012 British Boys champ “When I got to two up, I wouldn’t say I felt like I had control, but I felt that there was a bit of a buffer zone. It’s so hard to make birdies out there, so I just tried to carry on making pars and hoped that would win me holes.
[highlight] Fitzpatrick is now eligible to play in next year’s US Open Championship and The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and he is likely to receive an invitation to the Masters Tournament in April [/highlight]
“This week my short game has just been really, really top drawer. I’d say my weakest part of my game was into the greens. What’s come out more than anything is I’ve putted really well.”
Goss, 13th ranked amateur in world and his rival seemed impressed by 2012 British Boys Champion. “It’s probably the best display of putting I’ve ever seen in terms of difficulty of putt and pressure,” Goss said about Fitzpatrick.
The recent win has brought his share of booties for the British Boy. Fitzpatrick is now eligible to play in next year’s US Open Championship and The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, and he is likely to receive an invitation to the Masters Tournament in April.
Fitzpatrick will have his chance to make it big henceforth as the European Tour champions Peter Uihlein (2010), Richie Ramsay (2006) and Edoardo Molinari (2005) are all former US Amateur Champions.