Fitzpatrick to stay grounded
Teenage US Amateur Championship winner Matt Fitzpatrick says he will not lose focus after his summer of success
NEWLY-CROWNED US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick says he will try not to change too much too quickly after enjoying a hugely successful summer.
The 18-year-old from Yorkshire won the silver medal at the Open at Muirfield before clinching victory in Massachusetts earlier this month.
However, the teenager is keen to remain focused and not get carried away with his recent good form on the golf course.
“Life is changing very fast,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m enjoying the new things that have come my way.
“When people start doing well other people come out of the woodwork and you’re like, ‘that’s all well and good but you only want to know me when I’m doing well’.
“So I’ve got to be careful by not letting too much of that happen.
“It was nice to see my mates the other day because they were the ones I grew up with and I’ve been playing golf with all my life.
“I’ve got to be careful not to stray too far away from what I have done to get to this point. I don’t want things to change until, I guess, I make it to the big time.”
The youngster, who also sat his A-level exams earlier this year, added: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d have a summer like this because after my exams finished, my golf wasn’t great.
“I was struggling and had numerous lessons with Mike [Walker, his coach]. I was thinking, ‘I don’t know how much longer I can work at it’.
“Then I tried to just enjoy it, and that’s when I qualified for the Open. I still can’t believe I did that. That day was just so surreal. Ever since then it’s just been pretty steady.”