Golf: Fitzpatrick shines but Walker Cup is lost

Matthew Fitzpatrick reacts to a missed putt at the Walker Cup (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
Matthew Fitzpatrick reacts to a missed putt at the Walker Cup (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
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Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur Championship - propelling him to No 1 in the world amateur golf rankings - couldn’t stop Great Britain and Ireland from losing the Walker Cup.

Fitzpatrick won three out of a possible four points over the weekend at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, but the visitors were eventually soundly beaten 17-9.

The 18-year-old had a foursomes victory with partner Neil Raymond in the morning session foursomes yesterday as they beat Michael Weaver and Todd White 3&2.

And then in the afternoon of the 44th Walker Cup he overcame Weaver 3&2.

On Saturday the Hallamshire member and Raymond beat Jordan Niebrugge and Nathan Smith 1up but he lost in the singles 3&1 against Weaver as the USA opened up an 8-4 lead after the first day.

The home team went into the singles yesterday 10-6 up and quickly took back the trophy they surrendered at Royal Aberdeen two years ago by winning four of the first five games.

Fitzpatrick will now start his golf scholarship in Chicago.

* Thomas Bjorn denied Scotsman Craig Lee a first European Tour title when he won on the first play-off hole in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. Sheffield’s Danny Willett finished 26th.

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