Goss beaten but not without a fight
BY Bruce Young | US Mens Amateur Tour | 2013 US Amateur Championship | Grand Final | 19 Aug 2013
Australian Oliver Goss has been beaten in the final of the US Amateur Championship by the world number two amateur, 18 year old Matthew Fitzpatrick of England, but walks away from the event after further establishing himself as not only an Australian talent but a world talent.
In a match where there was never more than one hole between the pair over the opening 20 holes of their 36 hole final, Fitzpatrick went 2 up when Goss bogeyed the 21st hole and established what would be a winning break.
To his credit Goss was not about to let amateur golf’s most coveted title slip from his hands without a fight and when he won the 27th hole there was again only one hole in it. Fitzpatrick immediately regained the 2 up advantage when he won the 28th with a par and a few holes later drew clear with wins at the 32nd and 33rd to take the match 4&3.
Both players are considered the most exciting young talents of their respective countries and so for them to have made the final confirms the wraps on both players.
Both earn starts at the Masters and US Open in 2014 and for Fitzpatrick he gets another start at the Open Championship where he was the leading amateur a few weeks ago.
For Goss it will be back to Knoxville and to the University of Tennessee to continue his role on their golf team and his studies in Kinesiology.
Having now played the US Amateur on just two occasions, reaching the quarter finals in 2012 and the final in 2013, Goss will be looking ahead to the 2014 version at the Atlanta Athletic Club with anticipation.