Golf: Fitzpatrick didn’t think he’d Walk into the Cup team’

Matthew Fitzpatrick holds the Havemayer Trophy after winning thr US Amateur title (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
Matthew Fitzpatrick holds the Havemayer Trophy after winning thr US Amateur title (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
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Sheffield’s US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed he had to perform well at Brookline to seal his place in next month’s Walker Cup squad.

The 18-year-old finished as the leading amateur at last month’s Open Championship at Muirfield but still thought he needed to do more to be selected for the biennial 10-man amateur team competition between players from Great Britain and Ireland and the USA.

He said: “That was really the main goal (the Walker Cup). I felt I still need a good performance in America. It was nice to have the good performance too to help my chances.”

The match against the USA will be played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, September 7 and 8.

Fitzpatrick is the first English winner of the US Amateur championship since Harold Hilton in 1911 after beating Australia’s Oliver Goss in Massachusetts on Sunday in a brilliant display of nerveless golf.

Tiger Woods, three times, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and the great Bobby Jones are all former winners of the Championship, which for many years was considered a major title alongside the likes of The Open and the US Open.

The Star has an exclusive Question & Answer column with Matthew Fitzpatrick in tomorrow’s paper.