Aug 16, 2013
U.S. Amateur Championship website
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The Summer of Fitz continues. The golfing Fitz, that is.
Incoming Northwestern freshman and the world's second ranked amateur player Matt Fitzpatrick (Sheffield, England/Tapton) has steamrolled his way into the semifinal round of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship following a 4 and 3 win over Adam Ball in a Friday quarterfinal match at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
The future B1GCat, who won the prestigious British Boys Amateur Championship in 2012, began his summer as the low amateur at The Open Championship at Muirfield before finishing as runner-up at the English Men's Amateur Championship earlier this month. On Saturday, he will be one of just four still standing from a field of 312 at The Country Club when he faces Kent State senior Corey Conners for a berth in the 36-hole U.S. Amateur Championship match.
Fitzpatrick finished T3 during 36 holes of medal play at the U.S. Amateur, firing a 3-under 167 (67-70) to advance to match play. He then won all three of his opening matches by the same 4 and 3 margin to move into Friday's quarterfinal. He has yet to play holes 16 through 18 at The Country Club since match play began Wednesday.
In the quarters, Fitzpatrick and Ball, a VCU sophomore, were all square through the first eight holes of their match. Fitzpatrick won both front side par 3s with birdies -- including holing out from a greenside bunker at No. 2 -- while Ball also won a pair of holes via birdie at the third and par at the fifth. Neither player held more than a 1-up edge at any time on the front nine.
Fitzpatrick hit the gas beginning at the long 505-yard par-4 ninth, churning out par after par against his opponent's bogeys over a stretch of four consecutive holes to move to 4-up with six holes to play. Fitzpatrick and Ball halved the next three holes for a 4 and 3 Fitzpatrick victory, pushing a Wildcat into the U.S. Amateur semifinals for the third time since 2000.
Fitzpatrick is the first current Wildcat to reach the semifinal round of the U.S. Amateur since Dillon Dougherty finished as runner-up to Edoardo Molinari in 2005. Luke Donald also advanced to the semis of the event in 2000.
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