Matthew Fitzpatrick Leads 1 Up Midway Through 36-Hole Final


Matt Fitzpatrick, of England, holds a 1-up lead over Australian Oliver Goss in the championship match of the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (USGA/John Mummert)
By Brian DePasquale, USGA
August 18, 2013

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, of England, holds a 1-up lead over Oliver Goss, 19, of Australia, following the opening 18 holes of Sunday’s championship match of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship at 7,310-yard, par-70 The Country Club.

The 36-hole final continues at 2:15 p.m. EDT. The championship will be broadcast by NBC from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Goss, who is bidding to become the third Australian to win the U.S Amateur Championship, joining Nick Flanagan and three-time champion Walter J. Travis, won the fifth and sixth holes with birdies to take a 1-up lead. He hit his approach shot to within 2 feet at No. 5 and sank a 7-foot birdie putt from left of the hole on No. 6.

Fitzpatrick, the low amateur at last month’s British Open Championship, squared the match on the following hole with a 35-foot uphill birdie putt, before losing No. 8 when he found the right rough off the tee on the 368-yard, par-4 hole, leading to a double bogey.

Fitzpatrick, who defeated Corey Conners, of Canada, 2 and 1, in Saturday’s semifinal round, won consecutive holes on Nos. 12 and 13 to go ahead. Goss three-putted for bogey on the par-4 11th, and Fitzpatrick sank a 22-foot birdie putt on the par-5 12th that crossed a ridge in the middle of the green.

Goss, who will be a sophomore on the University of Tennessee golf team and defeated fellow Australian Brady Watt, 2 up, in the semifinals, squared the match on No. 14 when Fitzpatrick missed the green to the right with his approach shot and was unable to convert a 6-foot par putt.

The Northwestern University-bound Fitzpatrick regained his 1-up advantage on the next hole. He was conceded a 4-foot birdie putt when Goss’ chip from behind the green rolled past the hole and off the front of the putting surface, leading to a bogey.

The players halved the final three holes of the morning round, including a pair of dramatic pars on No. 18. Fitzpatrick, who is attempting to become the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur since 1911, hit a 58-degree wedge from a hanging lie in front of the right greenside bunker and made a 24-foot putt to get up and down. Goss barely made the green’s first cut of fringe with his third shot before sinking a 16-foot chip with a 60-degree wedge.

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