Player to watch at U.S. Amateur: Matthew Fitzpatrick
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World Amateur Golf Ranking: 2
Hometown: Sheffield, England
School: Freshman, Northwestern
2013 Summer: Runner-up English Amateur; T-44 The Open Championship; T-67 Brabazon Trophy; T-19 The Berkshire Trophy; T-67 Lytham Trophy
Why he’s dangerous: The kid is consistent as it gets. Fitzpatrick, who earned the Silver Medal at The Open Championship, has been compared to Luke Donald.
"He (Fitzpatrick) is the most significant player we have signed since Luke Donald and will make an immediate impact on our program,” said head coach Pat Goss in November when Fitzpatrick signed his NLI to Northwestern.
His biggest win to date is the 2012 Boys Amateur Championship where he won by 10 and 8 margin, the largest victory in that championship. He hasn’t played in a match play tournament since, but he knows what it takes to win.
“I think it’s most important to be steady,” he said. “Fairways and greens puts an opponent under a lot of pressure to match it so I think that is the key to winning. By being consistent, your opponent is more likely to get frustrated, which may give you the edge.”
Fitzpatrick could be one of 10 players named to the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup Team to be held Sept. 8-9 at the National Golf Links of America after really good showings in amateur events as a junior golfer. The team will be announced August 19.
“It would be one of my greatest golf achievements to date to represent GB&I,” he said.