Fitzpatrick Gives England First U.S. Amateur Golf Win Since 1911Erik Matuszewski
Matthew Fitzpatrick is bringing golf’s U.S. Amateur Championship title back to England for the first time in 102 years.
Fitzpatrick, 18, was a 4-and-3 victor over Oliver Goss of Australia in yesterday’s 36-hole final, meaning he had an insurmountable four-hole lead with three remaining at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Fitzpatrick, who was the low amateur finisher at this year’s British Open, joins Harold Hilton (1911) as the second Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur Championship. His victory came two months after Justin Rose became the first Englishman in 43 years to win the U.S. Open.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Fitzpatrick, who won six matches in total during the tournament, said of his victory. “That’s sort of what everyone in golf wants to achieve, and I’m pretty sure Justin Rose said that after his U.S. Open that it’s nice to go down in the history books.”
Fitzpatrick, who will be entering his freshman year at Northwestern University, entered the tournament at No. 2 in the world amateur ranking. He receives automatic spots in the 2014 U.S. and British Opens as well as a probable invitation to the Masters Tournament, the season’s first major championship.
The 2012 British Boys champion, Fitzpatrick joins a list of former U.S. Amateur champions that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones.
The 19-year-old Goss, who earned All-America honors as a freshman at the University of Tennessee last year, also gets a spot in the U.S. Open by reaching the amateur final. The U.S. Golf Association runs both events.