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Fitzpatrick Keeps Up Good Karma From 2013 Success

June 16, 2022 - 7:47 PM
Matthew Fitzpatrick continued his good karma at The Country Club in Round 1 on Thursday, carding a 2-under 68. (USGA/Robert Beck)

Matt Fitzpatrick did nothing in Round 1 on Thursday to tarnish the wonderful memories he has of The Country Club. Fitzpatrick, 27, shot a 2-under-par 68 as he takes aim at a most unusual feat. The Englishman captured the 2013 U.S. Amateur at Brookline and should he prevail here on Sunday, he would join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to pull off the impressive double of winning the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open on the same course. Jack accomplished it with victories in the 1961 U.S. Amateur and the 1972 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Fitzpatrick, who has seven victories on the DP World Tour (formerly PGA European Tour), has yet to win in the U.S., but he is staying this week with the family of Will Fulton, the championship general chair for TCC. They also hosted him in 2013, and the families have shared several visits in the nine years since. That can’t be a bad omen as Fitzpatrick seeks his first major title.