July 21 2013
Matthew Fitzpatrick, 18, is an incoming freshman at Northwestern. (Redington/Getty Images)
Incoming Northwestern freshman Matthew Fitzpatrick shot 72 Sunday to earn the silver medal as The Open Championship’s low amateur. Fitpatrick finished at 10-over 294 (73-76-73-72), five shots ahead of the other amateur to make the cut, Jimmy Mullen. Mullen shot a final-round 75.
Fitzpatrick is the No. 9 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The 18-year-old from Sheffield, England, won the 2012 British Boys championship and earned his way into The Open Championship through local final qualifying. Northwestern head coach Pat Goss called Fitzpatrick, “the most significant player we have signed since Luke Donald.” Goss also serves as Donald’s swing coach. Donald won the 1999 NCAA individual title at Northwestern, and was the Haskins Award winner as college golf’s player of the year.