Golf: Fitzpatrick satisfied despite final agony

Sheffield ace Matthew Fitzpatrick lost in the final of the English Amateur Golf Championship. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Sheffield ace Matthew Fitzpatrick lost in the final of the English Amateur Golf Championship. Photo credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
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Sheffield youngster Matthew Fitzpatrick refused to be downhearted despite losing to Callum Shinkwin in the final of the English Amateur Golf Championship.

The 18-year-old from Hallamshire Golf Club was beaten 4&3 in the 36 hole final on Saturday.

Fitzpatrick, who rose to prominence after winning the silver medal for being the leading amateur at the Open Championship at Muirfield last month, was philosophical after missing out on the prestigious title.

“Worse things happens,” he said. “I didn’t play as well today as in previous rounds and I didn’t putt as well. But the putter was cold.

“The defeat is hard to take but I’ve had a fantastic week. I didn’t get any momentum going. If I could have done it might have been different. But I’m not taking anything away from Callum. He played better.”

Hertfordshire golfer Shinkwin (Moor Park) created the platform for his victory in the morning when he went round in 68, four under par, and was three-up at lunch.

“This win means a lot because it means my name is there alongside some famous ones,” said Shinkwin.