Matthew Fitzpatrick’s win in the 2012 Boys Amateur Championship set him on a path which saw him reach the pinnacle of the amateur game, win the Silver Medal at The Open Championship and now to make his debut in the Masters Tournament.
The 19-year-old from Sheffield will tee it up at Augusta tomorrow to make his second Major Championship appearance after a remarkable 20 month period in which he qualified for The Open at Muirfield and finished as the leading amateur in a tie for 44th. He reached the final of the English Amateur Championship before going on to become the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship since 1911.
Fitzpatrick won the McCormack Medal as the leading men’s amateur in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKING™ and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York. The USA won by a convincing 17-9 margin but Fitzpatrick was the top points scorer on the GB&I team with three points.
In January, Fitzpatrick decided to give up his studies at Northwestern University near Chicago to concentrate on his golf. In a year in which he is set to play in the US Open and The Open as well as the Masters, he will be relishing the opportunity to get underway in the company of defending Masters champion Adam Scott and former PGA champion Jason Dufner tomorrow.
Fitzpatrick is joined in the Masters field by fellow Englishman Garrick Porteous, who won the Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports last year and also played on the GB&I Walker Cup team. The 24-year-old will play the first two rounds with former Masters champion and European Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal and 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover.