Golf: Fitzpatrick reaches US Amateur final four

Matt Fitzpatrick plays his second shot on the fourth hole during the quarterfinal at the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.  (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

Matt Fitzpatrick plays his second shot on the fourth hole during the quarterfinal at the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)

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Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is through to the last four of the US Amateur Championship at Brookline Country Club in Massachusetts.

Hallamshire Golf Club member Fitzpatrick, who finished as the leading amateur at last month’s Open Championship, beat Adam Ball 4&3 to move into the semi-finals.

After three 4&3 victories in a row to reach the last eight the 18-year-old hadn’t trailed in any of his matches and began well to go into the lead with a birdie two at the second hole.

However, Ball, from Richmond, Virginia, fought back and levelled at the next with a birdie three.

And a par four at the 499 yard fifth saw the 19-year-old American put Fitzpatrick behind for the first time in 45 holes of the match-play stages of the tournament.

It didn’t last for long though as the former Tapton School student birdied the par three seventh and then won four consecutive holes with pars on the ninth, 10th, 11th and par five on the 610 yard 12th to go four up.

A par four on the 13th, another on the par five 14th made it dormie four and a par four on the 15th sealed the match.

Fitzpatrick will now play Canada’s Corey Conners who beat England’s Neil Raymond 5&3 in his quarter-final.

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