U.S. Am Champ Tees Off at 114th U.S. Open with Phil & Justin

U.S. Amateur Champion Matt Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick Plays with Phil Mickelson, 2013 U.S. Open Champ Justin Rose

If your intent is to make your living as a professional golfer, could an exuberant 19-year-old Englishman do it any better than U.S. Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. Amateurs can celebrate with him one last time because next week he turns pro.

Many favor Phil or Rory McIIroy to win. Certainly as tour veterans all the odds are in their favor, but anyone who follows the game knows what sounds reasonable is as certain in golf as making a 10-foot putt.

So, just maybe, for the first time since 1933, against all odds, with a chance slimmer than silkworm thread, Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick could be the one to make history. After watching him play the back 9 (he teed off on 10) at Pinehurst No. 2, a number of things are clear to me: he has game; demeanor; acumen; and maturity. I love not only his ball-striking but also his pace of play.

He ended round 1 with a 71, one over; while Phil Mickelson carded a 70, even par. Look at his stats compared to Phil’s. Wow!

Round one stats comparing Matt's to Phil's

Am I a dreamer to think Matt could win? He dreamed about qualifying to play in the U.S. Open. And here he is. Right now he’s likely dreaming of making the cut. If he does, he’ll be dreaming of winning the 114th U.S. Open. I hope that dream comes true.

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About Rick Graf

Content Writer | Graphic Artist | Image Editor | Digital Journalist | Digital Jock I've been in my profession most of my working life; Mr. C for communications could be my nickname. Before I started a marketing communication agency, I worked as a journalist at a daily newspaper; as a writer and graphic artist in communications and ad depts.
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