Goss beats Watt for chance at Amateur title

Oliver Goss defeated friend and fellow Australian teammate Brady Watt during the semifinals at the 2013 U. S. Amateur at The Country Club.

Oliver Goss defeated friend and fellow Australian teammate Brady Watt during the semifinals at the 2013 U. S. Amateur at The Country Club.

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Calm, cool and collected.

All three describe Oliver Goss on the golf course.

On Saturday, Goss defeated good "mate" and Australian National Team teammate Brady Watt, 2 up, in the second semifinal match of the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club.

Goss will take on Matthew Fitzpatrick of Sheffield, England, in the 36-hole final on Sunday morning. He will try to become the first Aussie to win the Amateur since 2003 when Nick Flanagan won in 37 holes over Casey Wittenberg at Oakmont Country Club.

Watt, 23, got the early jump on Goss by taking advantage of some first-tee jitters.

But it didn’t take Goss too long to square the match back up as he made an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 3. Goss never trailed again.

The sophomore at Tennessee took the lead for good when Watt made a mess of the par-4 11th. Goss made an 18-footer for birdie after Watt was on the green in three. Goss went 1 up.

The turning point in the match, according to Goss, was at No. 14. Watt lipped out on his approach shot on the 505-yard par-4 and was conceded birdie. Goss had a right-to-left, 30-foot putt for birdie himself and he made it.

“Was definitely a game-changer,” Goss said. “It really looked like I was going to be going even with four holes to play, and to sink that putt was just unbelievable.

“Definitely a huge advantage because I went to the next tee full of confidence."

The twosome played even golf up until the 18th hole. Watt had to make something happen, as he was 1 down. He was in prime position in the fairway off the tee while Goss found the rough.

Watt, the No. 9 amateur in the world, flew his approach shot over the green and couldn’t get up and down. Goss was conceded par after sending a 35-foot birdie opportunity to 3 feet.

"It definitely hasn’t sunk in, and I don’t think it will for at least a couple of days,” Goss said, referring to the likely invitations he’ll be receiving from the Masters and the U.S. Open.

There are no hard feelings between the two friends as Watt will now jump on the bag for his teammate as he tries to win on Sunday.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow,” Goss said. “Looks like we have similar kind of games, and I’m really excited to get out there and give it my best go.”

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