18 year-old Englishman, Matt Fitzpatrick, joined an exclusive club with the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy after winning the Silver Medal as the leading amateur at The Open Championship at Muirfield on Sunday.
After starting the final round two shots ahead of his only rival, fellow Englishman, Jimmy Mullen, Fitzpatrick finished the round with a one over par 72 to finish five shots ahead of Mullen on 10 over par.
“It has been a great few days and something I will never forget,” said the youngster from Hallamshire Golf Club. “It’s not every day that I get to play with Fred Couples like I did today and it taught me a lot.”
He added: “It’s shown me that I can compete with these guys. The difference is the way they putt. They hole the long ones. And that’s not quite where I am, although I did hole one today, on 16, which was a nice bonus.”
Fitzpatrick will resist offers to turn professional as he prepares for a four-year golf scholarship at Luke Donald’s former university, Northwestern in Chicago.
Coming up next for the reigning British Boy’s champion will be the English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath, which starts on 29 July.
“I’m going to have a few days off to let things settle down a bit and then it’s off to the English. It’s going to be a bit different with no spectators and I’ll have to keep my eyes on my own ball again because there won’t be any spotters.”