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Matthew Fitzpatrick

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/1/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 155

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Matthew Fitzpatrick fired out of the gates at the 81st Masters, posting a 1-under-par 35-36=71 during round one to throw his name into contention early on this week.
The Englishman split 11 (of 14) fairways today but was a bit loose on approach, finding just 11 greens in regulation. It didn't matter much thanks to his smooth putting stroke, he managed to record just three blemishes, offset by five birdies. He needed just 26 putts today, despite a disappointing three-putt at the closing 18th hole. He also holed out out from just off the green at the par-4 14th, so his short game was clicking on all cylinders today. The 22-year-old opened with this same score last year in Round 1 before finishing the week with rounds of 76→74→67 to record an even-par 288, good for a share of seventh place. That is still his only major championship finish inside the top 40 (7 starts). Apr 6 - 4:12 PM

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Matthew Fitzpatrick is looking to build on last year's impressive professional debut in the Masters when he tees it up at Augusta National Golf Club.

The 22-year-old Englishman missed the cut on his very first appearance in the tournament in 2014, but he was then a callow amateur who had earned his spot via success in the U.S. Amateur. Two years on he returned as a professional, topped the Greens in Regulation stats (75%) and closed with a round of 67 to finished the week T7. That result remains his best effort in a major by some margin (next best T44 when low amateur at the 2013 Open Championship). The three-time winner on the European Tour took a step up in class when grabbing the DP World Tour Championship last November – a course that like ANGC appears to favour big hitters in theory, but Fitzpatrick thrived. Arrives off the back of two top 20 stroke play finishes: T16 in the Mexico Championship and T13 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He led the latter after 18 holes. A son of Sheffield, like Danny Willett, he may gain some motivation from last year's leaderboard.
Source: Masters.com
Apr 3 - 11:10 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick gets a second look at Austin CC this week when he returns to the Texas track to contest the WGC-Dell Match Play.

The English youngster was thrown in at the deep end last year and suffered heavy defeats to five-time major winner Phil Mickelson (5&4) and match play specialist Patrick Reed (4&3) before conceding his match to Daniel Berger. He'll return this year as the World No. 31 so will be put in the second pot of seeds (17-34). Fitzpatrick showed his credentials under this format when winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur in Michigan and won two out of three matches at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland last summer but did lose his Ryder Cup singles to Zach Johnson (4&3) later in the year. The Northwestern University product has some decent form on the PGA TOUR in the last few weeks with T16 at the WGC-Mexico Championship and T13 in the Arnold Pamer Invitational.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 20 - 10:36 AM

First-round co-leader Matthew Fitzpatrick carved out an even-par 37-35=72 in today's third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to reach the three-quarter mark on 8-under 208, three shy of 54-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman.

After opening in 67-69, the 22-year-old began in solo 3rd, two back of 36-hole leader Hoffman. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he bobbled at the beginning with two bogey-5s over his first three holes, including a tee ball into the water at the par-4 third, getting them back with birdie-4s at four and six, both from inside of 10 feet. The Englishman squared another 5 at the eighth (failed sand save) before leveling the card with a 27-footer for birdie-2 at 17. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and just 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.466 strokes tee-to-green but gaining 1.315 with the flat stick. Fitzpatrick is a 3-time winner on the European Tour, most recently at the 2016 DP World Tour Championship, and is chasing his first PGA TOUR title in his 21st career start (16 pro). His career best is a pair of T7s in 2016 at the WGC-HSBC and the Masters.
Mar 18 - 5:59 PM

Overnight co-leader Matthew Fitzpatrick surrendered the lead but still salvaged a 3-under-par 36-33=69 during round two of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, entering the weekend on 8-under 136.

World No. 30 slept on his first PGA TOUR co-lead last night after firing 5-under 67 in round one. He posted the only blemish-free round on Thursday but gave one away early when he missed a 3'6" par-saving putt at the par-5 fourth hole. Fitzpatrick responded late with four birdies and just one bogey on the homeward nine. On the live leaderboard, the Englishman ranks inside the top 15 in strokes gained approach-the-green, around-the-green, and putting. With that kind of balanced attack, Fitzpatrick is looking like a strong contender heading into the weekend, currently two off the pace set by Charley Hoffman.
Mar 17 - 1:51 PM

World No. 30 Matthew Fitzpatrick coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, grabbing a share of the lead after day one.

The young Englishman was on cruise control today, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and landing 12 greens in regulation. He gained 2.097 strokes on approach but gained even more with the flat stick (+3.136). Fitzpatrick earned those putting strokes with three splashes from outside 10 feet. The longest was a 25-footer at the par-4 first hole. Today's round was the only bogey-free round by the entire field in round one. The Englishman ends the day with a share of the lead with Emiliano Grillo. Fitzpatrick has never finished any round on the PGA TOUR inside the top 5, so this will be the 22-year-old's first time sleeping on a PGA TOUR lead.
Mar 16 - 6:45 PM

Matthew Fitzpatrick climbed the leaderboard during round two of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, recording a 4-under-par 32-35=67 to reach 4-under 138 heading into the weekend.

The young Englishman split 12 (of 14) fairways for the second straight day (T1 driving accuracy on the week). Today, he converted with his approach shots, landing 15 greens. Four more greens than day one. That happens to match to scoring increase, round-over-round, as well. The highlight of the day came at the par-4 eighth hole where Fitzpatrick splashed home a 33'5" birdie bomb. The 22-year-old currently sits just outside the top 10 on the live leaderboard but he's certainly in striking distance if he picks up the pace on the weekend.
Mar 3 - 5:45 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 29 Matthew Fitzpatrick prepares for his second Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course. UPDATE: Fitzpatrick carded rounds of 72-68 to make the cut on the number, closing in 76-73 for 68th-place (of 70) on 9-over 289.

The 22-year-old missed the cut last year by one at 4-over 71-73=144. He did travel from a missed cut the week prior in Malaysia, but doesn't face that same challenge this year, taking three weeks off after a T5 at the Dubai Desert Classic (69-72-68-67). The Englishman finished a career-best 6th in the Race to Dubai standings in 2016, wrapping up a two-win 29-event season with a one-shot come-from-behind win at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, his third European Tour title. This is his 19th career PGA TOUR start, 14th pro, with two top-10 finishes, T7 at the 2015-16 WGC-HSBC Champions and T7 at the 2016 Masters.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 1:06 PM

Matthew Fitzpatrick confirmed the greatest prize of his fledgling career with a 72nd hole birdie which sealed a 5-under-par 33-34-67, a total of 17-under 271 at The Earth Course and a one-shot victory in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

The Englishman made his tournament-clinching birdie from the greenside trap on the par-five 18th, which meant he finally shrugged off the challenge of his countryman Tyrrell Hatton, after the two had gone head-to-head through the back nine. Fitzpatrick had been one behind the 54-hole leader Victor Dubuisson at the start of play but three red numbers on the back nine (at 2, 3 and 7) got him into a share of the lead. However Hatton made birdie at ten whilst Fitzpatrick pegged bogey, but back-to-back red at 11 and 12, both from 8'0" drew him level. Again Hatton went one clear, but Fitzpatrick made a sensational sand save at 17 to stay on his heels. When Hatton erred with bogey at the final hole, Fitzpatrick made another superb up and down to notch birdie and pinch the title with the last shot of the week (and season). It is his third European Tour win and comes just four years after the 22-year-old completed victory in the U.S. Amateur. "This win means the world," he said.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:41:00 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick's love affair with the Earth Course continued as he painted a 6-under-par 31-35=66 on 'Moving Day' to advance to T2 through 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The young Englishman, who was T4 on his tournament debut last year, is now 25-under for his seven laps of the par 72 and today's 18, which took him to 12-under 204, is his lowest so far. At one point he even threatened so slip the field when moving into a three-shot lead after playing his first eight holes in 6-under via an eagle at 7 and birdies at 2, 5, 6 and 8. Fitzpatrick lost momentum with a bogey at 9 and then spiralled further down with a double bogey-5 at 13. But there were still birdie opportunities to come and he cashed in by recording circles at 14, 15 and 18 to pull within a shot of leader Victor Dubuisson.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 08:17:00 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick added a second successive 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Friday, pulling up just one short shy of the clubhouse lead.

Fitzpatrick, who was T4 on his debut at the Earth Course last year, posted 6-under 138 at the midpoint after another well-plotted 18 which featured four birdies against a single bogey. On the front nine, he painted red circles on his scorecard at 2, 4 and 7, registering his only dropped shot of the round at 5. But while others really cashed in on the back nine today, Fitzpatrick had to settle for eight pars and a birdie at the par-5 14th. His fifth round in the 60s in just six laps at the European Tour's season closer currently puts him solo eighth. On the live leaderboard, he's three behind Sergio Garcia, who has two to play.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 07:10:00 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick now has four rounds out of five in the 60s at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai after authoring a 3-under-par 34-35=69 on day one.

On debut last year, the English youngster carded 68-69-68-70 to finish T4 and he broke 70 again at the Earth Course today to slot in at T7 on the leaderboad, three behind pacesetter and recent Ryder Cup colleague Lee Westwood. Fitzpatrick, who was T20 in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge, scribbled birdies at 2, 6, 10 and 15 and dropped his only shot of the day at No. 11. Despite this track measuring a mighty 7,675 yards and Fitzpatrick ranked just 167th on the European Tour's Driving Distance stats, it's clearly a course he can plot his way around. He'll hope to show that again as the week goes on and improve his current Race to Dubai position of 27th.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 07:46:00 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick will put his British Masters title on the line at a different venue this year as the tournament moves to The Grove.

The young Englishman scored his breakthrough European Tour win at nearby Woburn after going wire-to-wire 12 months ago and beating Shane Lowry and Soren Kjeldsen by two shots. That came in his 34th European Tour start. Since then, Fitzpatrick has blossomed further and even played in a Ryder Cup although it was a chastening experience for the youngster who lost both his matches in Europe's heavy defeat. Before his trip to Hazeltine, the Sheffield golfer had shown some impressive form with three top 10s and a top 20 in five starts. The puzzle for gamers this week is to decide how much that Ryder Cup pain and the pressure of defending a title for the first time will affect him. If those are factors which can be brushed aside, he'd have strong claims on a parkland course which should suit his game.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 05:10:00 AM

Ryder Cup rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick will tee it up at Hazeltine National Golf Club, in the 41st edition of the match.

The 22-year-old winner of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship took a little time getting to grips with pro golf but then surged onto his first Ryder Cup team with two victories in the qualifying period, the 2015 British Masters and this year's Nordea Masters. He did suffer a lapse in form through the heart of the summer, that second win apart, but has righted those concerns somewhat with three top 20 finishes in his last four stroke play starts. He holds a 5-4 record in individual match play, which includes heavy defeats by Patrick Reed (4&3) and Phil Mickelson (5&4) in this year's WGC World Match Play. Teamed up with Lee Westwood to clinch a 5&4 foursomes win in the EurAsia Cup in January, whilst he lost 3&1 in fourballs with Danny Willett. A dead-eye putter as an amateur, it is his tee-to-green game which has prospered in the pro ranks (10th for GIR in the season's ranking, 7th last year). His slight frame and low key demeanour masks a tough cookie.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 04:19:00 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick returns to the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre GC looking for an end to his form peaks and troughs.

The boom or bust nature of the callow Englishman's 2016 continues. In 21 strokeplay starts he has just three top 25 finishes, but they were T7 in the Masters, victory at the Nordea Masters and solo fifth (when he needed exactly that as a minimum) in the Czech Masters. Having secured his Ryder Cup spot in Prague it's slightly surprising that he played both last week (MC) and this, but perhaps he is desperate to find the consistency that has eluded him since the end of last year. He missed the weekend on debut in Crans Montana in 2014, but was superb in finishing second behind Danny Willett last year. No-one in the field hit more greens in regulation than he did in shooting 69-65-64-65 to co-lead at 54-holes before fellow Sheffield, England resident Willett stretched him.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:32:00 AM