Fitzpatrick leads Goss 1-up through 18 at U.S. Am final

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BROOKLINE, Mass. – If the final hole was any indication, we could be in for a wild afternoon Sunday at The Country Club.

Matt Fitzpatrick has a 1-up lead over Oliver Goss after the first 18 holes of the scheduled 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur, but he could have enjoyed a more comfortable margin had Goss not chipped in from off the 18th green. Moments earlier, Fitzpatrick buried a 25-foot par putt, his third made putt of 20-plus feet.

The afternoon session is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Fitzpatrick, 18, who was the low amateur at this year’s British Open, is vying to become the first Englishman since 1911 to win the U.S. Amateur. Goss, 19, meanwhile, would become the third Australian to hoist the Havemeyer Trophy, and the second in the past 11 years.

Fitzpatrick, who will begin at Northwestern in the fall, and Goss, a sophomore at Tennessee, are ranked second and 13th, respectively, in the R&A’s World Amateur Rankings.

The two players halved only seven holes in the morning 18, including just two on the opening nine. No player has enjoyed a lead larger than 1 up.

Including the usual match-play concessions, Fitzpatrick shot 70 while Goss carded 72.

Fitzpatrick was once again brilliant with the flat stick, holing several momentum-saving par putts: a 35-footer on No. 7, a 25-footer on the 12th and, finally, the 25-footer on the 18th. But he also had a pair of uncharacteristic three-putts, on Nos. 3 and 8.

Goss made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6, but he has led for only four holes thus far.