GOSS RUNNER-UP AT US AMATEUR
Oliver Goss reacts after holing his pitch shot out on the 18th hole. (USGA/John Mummert)SOURCE
PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPTS. OLIVER GOSS
Tom Fee / Golf WA.
Matt Fitzpatrick has defeated Australia's Oliver Goss 4&3 to take the US Amateur Championship at the Country Club in Boston. With a missed putt for par on the 33rd hole, Goss conceded the match to Fitzpatrick, who became the first English winner of the US Amateur since 1911.
It was a seesawing affair early between Goss and Fitzpatrick. Only six holes were halved in the morning round as Goss dominated with his driver, outdriving his opponent by 20 to 40 meters on each hole. Fitzpatrick did his damage on the green as putts over 20 feet went in as consistently as his 5 foot saves.
"Matt played really well. He holed a lot of putts this morning, and I
was doing my best just to keep up with him
because the putts he was holing were just unbelievable." Said Goss after the match. "It's probably
the best display of putting I've ever seen in terms of difficulty of
putt and meaning of putt, as in like pressure. He definitely did his
job this morning."
Fitzpatrick held his 1-shot lead into the turn as the players halved the final three holes of the morning round. The most dramatic hole of the day came on the 18th. Fitzpatrick hit a 58-degree wedge from the greenside bunker and made a 24-foot putt to get up and down. Goss barely made the green's first cut of fringe with his third shot before sinking a 16-foot chip with a 60-degree wedge to halve the hole.
"That was huge. I was definitely trying to hole it. I took the flag out
and I knew I needed to hole it, and to do it was just incredible in
front of all the people, and just the pressure of that moment was great."
The final 18 played out much differently to the opener. While six birdies won holes for the players in the morning, not a single birdie was made by either player in the afternoon. As Goss bogeyed five holes after the break, Fitzpatrick was faultless, pushing Goss to take risks to find an edge. It wasn't to be, as Goss bogeyed the 33rd hole to hand Fitzpatrick the title.
Since 2012, Goss has gone strength to strength. After exiting in the quarter finals of the US Amateur in 2012, Goss went on to win the WA Amateur, the Australian Amateur and the WA Open, a professional tournament that featured top tour plays like Bret Rumford. In 2014 Goss will look to going one better.
"I've learned that I do have the ability to reach the finals and have the opportunity to win, which is great. I'm looking forward to next year's championship and the next 12 months with the opportunities I've been given to play in a couple of majors. I used a lot of experience from last year with the shots I had. I knew what I had to do with the feelings I had. Last year helped a lot."
WIth his original caddy departing early for Australia, Goss turned to his vanquished opponent in the semi-final, fellow Australian Brady Watt.
"Brady helped me a lot, especially when I was kind of down about losing a
couple holes or hitting a bad shot. He kept me positive and focused on
what I needed to do."
Despite the disappointment of losing the Amateur Title, Goss is overjoyed with the results over the week, especially after earning exemptions to the 2014 US Masters and US Open.
"If someone told me at the start of the week I was going to have the opportunity to play the Masters and the U.S. Open next year, I'd be speechless. I wouldn't be able to believe it. I was there this year after a college tournament. We got Monday tickets to the practice round, and it was golf heaven. It's the greatest thing I've ever seen.
"I stood there, and I was like, how do they play under this kind of
pressure and with the difficulty of the golf course. But I'm really
excited to be able to play there next year"
19, of Fremantle
- Member at Royal Fremantle Golf Club
- Sophomore at the University of Tennessee, where he is a kinesiology major
- Advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 U.S. Amateur, falling to 2013 USA Walker Cup member Justin Thomas, 2 up
- Greenkeeper at Royal Fremantle Golf Club
- Won 2012 Western Australia Amateur, where he defeated fellow 2013 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist Brady Watt in a playoff
- Won 2012 WA Open where he defeated Brady Watt in a playoff
- Tied for eighth at the 2012 Master of the Amateurs
- Finished tied for third in stroke-play qualifying, three strokes behind co-medalists Watt and Neil Raymond