Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is three victories away from being the first English winner of the US Amateur Championship since 1911.
The Hallamshire Golf Club based 18-year-old, who won the silver medal for being the best placed amateur at last month’s Open Championship at Muirfield, was in top form again today as he beat American Blake Morris of Waterbury, Connecticut, 4&3 in the last 32 before seeing off Gavin Hall of Pittsford, New York, by the same score in the last 16.
Fitzpatrick was 6-up lead after nine holes against Morris before losing three holes but the 2012 British Boys’ champion got up and down from a greenside bunker at the famous Brookline Country Club course in Massachusetts for par on the 15th to close out the victory.
In the afternoon Fitzpatrick went one up at the third and despite not playing his best golf birdied the ninth to go three holes ahead.
A bogey five at the 11th was enough to go 4 up and four straight pars after that was enough to hold off Hall.
Fitzpatrick’s quarter final against Adam Ball of Richmond, Virginia, will begin at 4.20pm BST on Friday.
Previous winners of the tournament include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The last British winner was Richie Ramsay in 2006 and the last Englishman was Harold Hilton in 1911.
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