Fitzpatrick downs Goss to win U.S. Amateur
Brookline, MA (Sports Network) - Matt Fitzpatrick pulled away late en route to defeating Oliver Goss, 4 & 3, in Sunday's final at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Fitzpatrick only trailed for four holes on the first 18, and took a 1-up lead into the second 18 at The Country Club. Goss squared the match on the 19th hole, but won only one more hole in falling to Fitzpatrick.
"It's great to go down in history, it's what everyone wants to achieve," said Fitzpatrick. "The greens hardened up as the day went on. A lot of putts broke more than I thought they would."
The pair started the match by splitting six straight holes from the second. Goss, the 2012 Western Australia amateur winner, took the eighth with a bogey and they halved the next two.
Fitzpatrick, the low amateur at the British Open, squared the match with a par on No. 11. Fitzpatrick got up and down for birdie at 12, but made bogey at 14 to square the match.
Goss, a 19-year-old from Australia, made a mess of 15 to fall 1-down. They halved the next three as Fitzpatrick led 1-up heading to the afternoon.
"Matt played great, he put on one of the great displays of putting I've seen this morning," Goss stated.
Fitzpatrick, an 18-year-old Englishman, 3-putted for bogey on the 19th to square the match for the final time. He made par from a bunker on the 20th and was conceded par and the win on the 21st.
After five straight halves, Goss made a 5-footer for par on the 27th hole to get within 1-down. Goss failed to save par on the 28th to dip 2-down.
Fitzpatrick, the 2012 British Boys Amateur champion, made a 5-footer for par on the 32nd hole to move 3-up. He converted an 8-foot par effort at the next to close out the match.
He became the second Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur. The other was Harold Hilton, who won the title 102 years ago.
08/18 19:26:16 ET