Monday, 19 August 2013
Matt Fitzpatrick with the US Amateur Championship trophy  (Getty Images)
Matt Fitzpatrick with the US Amateur Championship trophy (Getty Images)

Matt Fitzpatrick became the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship title since 1911 after beating Australia's Oliver Goss 4&3 in the final at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The 18 year old, who is number two in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, 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.

He 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 champion. “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.

“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, who is 13th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, said of Fitzpatrick: “It's probably the best display of putting I've ever seen in terms of difficulty of putt and pressure.”

As a result of the victory, Fitzpatrick will 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.

European Tour champions Peter Uihlein (2010), Richie Ramsay (2006) and Edoardo Molinari (2005) are all former US Amateur Champions.

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