Matt Fitzpatrick has the chance to make a unique golf story on Sunday.
Not only does the 27-year-old Englishman have a chance to become the 12th player to win both the US Amateur and the US Open, but he would be the first to do so on the same course. Fitzpatrick won the 2013 US Amateur at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and enters Sunday’s final round tied for first at 4 under with Will Zalatoris.
The last to accomplish the impressive feat? That would be Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2015 US Amateur and the 2020 US Open. Get to know the 12 players who won both the US Amateur and the US Open.
1. Francis Ouimet
By now everyone is well aware of Ouimet’s historic victory at the 1913 US Open at the Country Club via a playoff with Harry Vardon and Ted Ray (as seen in the film The greatest game ever played). The youngster won the 1914 US Amateur just a year later and also won the 1931 US Amateur.
American golfer Francis D. Ouimet, center, shakes hands with Harry Vardon, left, and Ted Ray, both of Britain, at the US Open Golf Championship at the Country Club in Brookline, Mass., in 1913. Ouimet defeated the pair to become the new champion. (AP Photo)
2. Jerome Travers
Travers was next to do so, achieving the double the following year by winning the 1915 US Open after winning the US Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912 and 1913. Travers lost his shot at an American amateur hat-trick in 1914 when he got rolled in the final game by Ouimet, 6 and 5.
3. Chick Evans
Evans joined the party a year later in 1916, becoming the first player to win both events in the same year. Like Ouimet, he won them in reverse order, winning the US Open in June 1916 before adding the US Amateur two months later in September. He also won the 1920 US Amateur.
Charles “Chick” Evans in a photo published in The Indianapolis Star on June 20, 1925.
Jones won the 1923 US Open and followed it with the 1924 US Amateur before becoming the second player to win both championships in the same year in 1930, while adding the British Amateur and British Open titles. He also won the US Amateur in 1925, 1927 and 1928 and the US Open in 1926 and 1929.
Bobby Jones enters the National Amateur Golf Championship at Flossmoor Country Club in Flossmoor, Illinois on June 30, 1923. Jones was a student at Harvard University where he studied law.
5. Johnny Goodman
Goodman won the 1933 US Open as an amateur and won the US Amateur four years later in 1937.
6. Lawson Little
Little is a legend in the world of amateur golf, winning both American and British amateurs in 1934 and 1935 for double defense. A few years later, Little won the 1940 US Open.
7. Arnold Palmer
Palmer began his legacy as one of the best to ever hit a club with his victory at the 1954 US Amateur, and added to his legacy with his victory at the 1960 US Open, where he overcame a seven stroke deficit to defeat Jack Nicklaus.
Arnold Palmer after winning the 1960 US Open (AP)
8. Gene Littler
Littler nearly beat the king to the punch. He won the US Amateur the year before Palmer in 1953, but won the US Open a year after him in 1961.
Gene Littler holds the trophy he received after winning the US Open in Birmingham, Michigan on June 17, 1961.
9. Jack Nicklaus
Do you think Jack would let Arnie have his fun? Nicklaus won the first of two US Amateur titles in 1959 and won the first of four US Open titles three years later in 1962. He won his second US Amateur the previous year in 1961 and added the 1967 US Open, 1972 and 1980 to complete his record total of 18 major championships.
Somewhat similar to what Fitzpatrick is trying to accomplish, Nicklaus won both his second US Amateur and his third US Open at Pebble Beach.
Jack Nicklaus holds his trophies after winning the U.S. Open golf championship at the country club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania in this June 17, 1962 file photo.
10. Jerry Pate
Pate won the 1974 US Amateur and then won the 1976 US Open as a rookie on the tour. Not a bad way to start your career.
Jerry Pate poses with his trophy after winning the US Open with a score of 277 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia on June 20, 1976.
11. Tiger Woods
Woods has three titles of each title to his name, completing the American amateur treble from 1994 to 1996 before winning his first US Open in 2000 (and again in 2002 and 2008).
Tiger Woods holds the trophy after winning the U.S. Open at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, June 18, 2000. It was Woods’ first win at the U.S. Open, which he won by fifteen strokes. (Photo by Phil Sheldon/Getty Images)
12. Bryson De Chambeau
As noted above, DeChambeau is the most recent USGA double winner (US Amateur 2015 and US Open 2020).
Bryson DeChambeau poses and celebrates with the trophy after winning the US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club – West. (Photo: Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports)