Golf: Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick ends amateur career on a high at US Open

Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open
Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick at the US Open

Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick completed his amateur career in style with a final round of 69 in the US Open at Pinehurst.

Of the 11 amateurs in the field, Fitzpatrick was the only one to make the halfway cut and therefore became the first player to hold the title of low amateur at the US Open and Open Championship at the same time since Bobby Jones in 1930.

Danny Willett

Danny Willett

The 19-year-old from Hallamshire won the silver medal as leading amateur in the Open at Muirfield last July and a month later became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur title.

That secured invitations to this year’s Masters - he missed the cut by one at Augusta - and US Open, where he partnered defending champion Justin Rose and Open champion Phil Mickelson in the first two rounds.

“It’s been a great week, I really enjoyed it,” said Fitzpatrick, who will make his professional debut in the Irish Open at Fota Island next week. “My aim was to win the low amateur and to achieve it is pretty pleasing.

“Playing with some of the biggest names - I played with Phil and Justin, a practice round with Rory (McIlroy), playing with Louis (Oosthuizen) on the last day - has been great.

“I think if I would have missed the cut by a mile, I think it’s always a tough one to then go to my first pro event not playing very well. I think four rounds of competitive golf is always a positive.”

Fitzpatrick is allowed invitations to seven European Tour events for the rest of the season, during which time he hopes to earn enough money to secure his card for next season.

Fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett bounced back from a disappointing round of 78 on Saturday to notch up a one over 71. Willett had scored 70 and 71 before Saturday, putting his final tally at a respectable 10 over.