Matt Fitzpatrick believes a good short-game will be a crucial component to success when the US Open begins at Pinehurst, North Carolina this week.
The English amateur has qualified for the event as US Amateur champion and will be relishing playing the opening two rounds with holder Justin Rose and Open champion Phil Mickelson in his final tournament before turning professional.
The Sheffield youngster has already identified an area of his game that will be pivotal if he is to make the cut this week. Although narrow fairways and heavy roughs are usually associated with the second major of the year, it seems the USPGA has decided a different approach this week.
In many places the fairways have been widened and the rough removed altogether, although players will still have to avoid sandy waste areas with their tee shots.
But the biggest test over the No. 2 course will be attempting to hold their shots on the greens which are surrounded by steep run-off areas.
And the 19-year old knows which part of his game will have to be perfect if he is to have a successful week.
“Chipping is going to be key all week, because there’s no rough and balls will run off greens and into the flattest spots around the green,” he said.
“With the greens so fast, it’s incredibly hard to chip to a foot every time, so you’ve got to be holing six-to-eight foot putts.”
Fitzpatrick has also identified his aim for the tournement, making the cut, something he was unable to do at the Masters in April.
“It’s nice to see all the USGA people that were at the US Amateur, I’ve not seen them for a long time,” he added.
“That’s a nice positive as well and being US Amateur champion, to be in the professional version is quite special.
“My target is just to make the cut. It’s a major and the best players in the world are here, so I just want to make the cut and push on from there.”
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