Golf: Fitzpatrick honour at matching Bobby Jones feat

Sheffield amateur Matt Fitzpatrick, England, poses with the low amateur medal after the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.
Sheffield amateur Matt Fitzpatrick, England, poses with the low amateur medal after the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C.
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Matt Fitzpatrick says it is an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as Bobby Jones after his performance at the US Open.

Jones is widely regarded as the greatest amateur golfer in history as he held his own against the top professionals of the day in the 1920s and 30s.

With his finish tied for 48th at the US Open last weekend, Sheffield golfer Fitzpatrick finished as the lowest scoring amateur in the field.

And that feat saw him become the first amateur since Jones in 1930 to hold the low amateur medals from the US Open and The Open at the same time.

“I didn’t know about the Bobby Jones connection until this morning and I was surprised and obviously delighted,” Fitzpatrick said.

“Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as a legend like that is very special.

“I came here with the goal of making the cut and being leading amateur and to do so is really pleasing.”

The 19-year-old was the only amateur to make the cut in the US Open after finishing +4 after two rounds.

On a nightmare Saturday for almost the whole of the field, Fitzpatrick shot a +8 to drift away from contention for a high-placed finish.

But he recovered for the final round to card a one under par 69, one of only 11 under par performances from the 67-man field.

Fitzpatrick is now officially a professional golfer following his weekend at Pinehurst.

His first tournament in the pro ranks is this week at the Irish Open.

He said: “I’m excited more than daunted about next week. And I’m glad that I can take some momentum from here.

“If I’d have missed the cut by miles it would have been a tough one to go into my first pro event not playing well.

“Four rounds of competitive golf is a big positive.”