Teenage golf star Oliver Goss found plenty of reason to smile despite becoming the latest Australian sportsman to suffer defeat at English hands in 2013.


West Australian Goss, 19, was beaten 4 and 3 by England’s 18-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick in the 36-hole final of the US Amateur championship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick, who was the low amateur last month in the British Open, was able to celebrate becoming the first Englishman to win the title since 1911, as well as gaining starts in next year’s Masters, US Open and British Open.

Goss gained precious consolation from knowing the beaten finalist usually also gets an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National in April and he’s assured of a spot in the US Open in June, both provided he’s stays an amateur.

“I’ve definitely got a couple weeks that I’ll keep open in my schedule,” said Goss, who plays college golf at Tennessee.

“If someone told me at the start of the week I was going to have the opportunity to play the Masters and the US Open next year, I’d be speechless.

“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.”

Fitzpatrick never trailed in the match, taking the lead for good on the second hole of the afternoon round – the 20th of the day – and going 2 up one hole later.

Goss cut it to one on No. 9, but fell behind two again on the 10th hole when he lipped out on a 4-foot putt.

Fitzpatrick went 3 up on the 14th hole and then won the match on No.15, where he had won four of his previous five matches, when Goss was unable to make par.

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