Fitzpatrick joins Bob Jones after earning low amateur honors
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open


Matthew Fitzpatrick finished up his amateur golfing career in style with a one-under 69. The 19-year-old was the only amateur to make the cut, so he officially earned low amateur honors once he holed his putt on 18.

Fitzpatrick was also low amateur at the 2013 British Open, and he is the first amateur golfer to hold both honors at the same time since Bob Jones accomplished the feat in 1930. It is important to note that 1930 was the year of Jones’ “Grand Slam” when he won the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur.

Matthew spoke about his performance after the round. “It’s been a great week. My aim was to win the low amateur, and to achieve it is pretty pleasing. I think playing with some of the biggest names — I played with Phil and Justin, a practice round with Rory, playing with Louis on the last day, and, yeah, it’s been great and I really enjoyed my week.”

Fitzpatrick will be turning professional on Thursday at the Irish Open, and he hopes to have momentum heading into his first pro start. He also hopes to get the flat stick going so it can match his tremendous ball-striking ability.

As he continues to work on his game, the experience of playing golf’s toughest test should help give Fitz the confidence he needs to succeed at the pro level.

–Bernie D’Amato