With Lee Westwood still struggling to win the first major of his career at the age of 40, England needs a number of new golf stars. One that looks more than ready to fill the void is 18-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman in 102 years to win the US Amateur Championship on Sunday.
The golf betting market is dominated by names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, and it seems like it is time for the English public to have a home-grown player that can scale the heights of the game. It may still be early days for the Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick, but he played with the confidence and swagger in Brookline, Massachusetts, to make history.
The next step for Fitzpatrick is inclusion in the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland team that will have its work cut out to defend the amateurs’ Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America in New York State next month.
Although a professional career for Fitzpatrick looks certain, the teenager has admitted that he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and is in no rush to give up his amateur status.
“Obviously things might change,” he admitted after beating Australia’s Oliver Goss 4&3.”
“But I’m pretty sure Dad’s going to have me under control. He certainly didn’t want me to turn pro any time soon and wanted me to get an education first.”
Fitzpatrick may well not be in a rush to turn pro right away, but his golfing education will be coming thick and fast in the next year.
Due to the fact that he finished with the leading amateur’s silver medal at The Open last month, he is set to play in the Masters, the US Open and The Open in 2014, which will be a fantastic experience for the youngster.
England golf fans will hope that Fitzpatrick’s victory in the US Amateur Championship will be the first of many in a career full of accolades.