BROOKLINE, Mass. – Ole Miss sophomore Blake Morris saw his run at the 113th U.S. Amateur Championships come to a close on Thursday, as he dropped a close match to Matt Fitzpatrick, of England, 4-and-3 at the Brookline Country Club.
The Waterbury, Conn., native fell behind early with four bogeys on the front nine and trailed Fitzpatrick, who was the low amateur champion at the Open Championship this year, by six at the turn. Morris parred the par-4 10th and cut into Fitzpatrick’s lead after he bogeyed the hole to go down five with eight holes remaining. The players matched birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 and Morris again posted par at the par-4 13th, while Fitzpatrick’s bogey cut the lead to four with five holes left.
Continuing his steady play on the back nine, Morris parred the par-4 14th, while Fitzpatrick bogeyed to cut his lead to three with four holes remaining. However, Morris posted a double-bogey at the par-4 15th, while Fitzpatrick’s par closed out the match 4-and-3.
This is the second-straight year Morris has qualified for the nation's top amateur tournament. He just missed the cut last year after carding back-to-back rounds of 72 at the Cherry Hills Village Country Club near Denver, Colo.
Sponsored by the U.S. Golf Association, the 113th U.S. Amateur teed off on Monday at the Brookline Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The 7,310 yard, par-70 course has hosted numerous prestigious events over the years including the 1999 Ryder Cup and 1913 U.S. Open.
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