Fitzpatrick caps off Open with 69, low amateur


PINEHURST, N.C. – Matt Fitzpatrick completed his amateur career in style, shooting a 1-under 69 Sunday at the U.S. Open.

The 2013 U.S. Amateur champion already clinched low-amateur honors at Pinehurst because, well, he was the only one of the 12 amateurs in the field to make the cut.

As a result, the 19-year-old Englishman became the first player since Bobby Jones in 1930 to concurrently hold the title as U.S. and British Open low amateur. That, of course, was the year in which Jones won the grand slam.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Fitzpatrick, who was in 50th place when he walked off the course. “It’s been a great week. My aim was to win the low amateur, and to achieve it is pretty pleasing.”

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Fitzpatrick will make his pro debut next week at the European Tour’s Irish Open. After that, he said he hopes to receive the maximum seven sponsor exemptions allowed to a PGA Tour non-member; six spots already are confirmed. Depending on how he plays, he could either earn status for next season or a spot in the season-ending Final Series.

“I think if I would have missed the cut by a mile (at the Open), it’s always a tough one to then go to my first pro event, so I think four rounds of competitive golf is always a positive,” he said.