BROOKLINE, Mass. – And then there were two . . .
The 113th U.S. Amateur championship match is set between Matthew Fitzpatrick and Oliver Goss at The Country Club for Sunday at 9 a.m.
Here’s a closer look at both players before the 36-hole finale:
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World Amateur Golf Ranking: 2
Hometown: Sheffield, England
Road to the final: Stroke play (T-3); def. Gerrit Chambers, 4 and 3; def. Blake Morris, 4 and 3; def. Gavin Hall, 4 and 3; def. Adam Ball, 4 and 3; def. Corey Conners, 2 and 1.
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World Amateur Golf Ranking: 13
Hometown: Perth, Australia
Road to the final: Stroke play (T-3); def. Toni Hakula, 1 up; def. Carr Vernon, 2 up; Xander Schauffele, 3 and 1; def. Brandon Matthews, 5 and 3; def. Brady Watt, 2 up.
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THE MATCH-UP: Fitzpatrick has shown he can hang with the big boys. The freshman at Northwestern has shown spectators at The Country Club that his short game is nothing to joke about holing shots from all around the green. As one spectator described it, Fitzpatrick’s ‘saucy mitts’ was the main reason for his victory on Saturday in the semis. His putting wasn’t so bad either as he holed multiple long-range putts to win holes. Goss’ calmness on the course has got him through the to the finals. He never gets too far ahead of himself and keeps himself composed through the most difficult of times on the course. Goss, a sophomore at Tennessee, has a smooth swing and hits it far off the tee. He, like Fitzpatrick, can make putts from all over the green when the pressure is on.
THE PREDICTION: Fitzpatrick, 5 and 4