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Matthew Fitzpatrick

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/1/1994
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 155

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Ultra-consistent Matt Fitzpatrick hasn't finished outside the top 15 since winning September's European Masters and he's on target for another big week after starting the new 2018 Race to Dubai season with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling.
That's just one swing behind leader SSP Chawrasia. The Englishman took his string of top 15s to eight with T12 in last week's DP World Tour Championship and gamers/bettors were all over him here due to that superb run of form allied with the third place he took in his only start at Fanling in 2015. Fitzpatrick met those lofty expectations today to finish the day in tied second. The Englishman made his first move with birdie-4 at 13 and picked up another shot at 16. Twice he made bogey but he responded to the first (at No. 1) with three straight red numbers at 2, 3 and 4 before bouncing back from another square at 6 with a circle at 7. This matches his lowest round at Fanling. Nov 23 - 4:32 AM

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Matthew Fitzpatrick cannot get enough of the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates; he posted a second round of 5-under-par 35-32=67 to total 10-under 134 and claim the 36-hole lead at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Englishman completed a tenth consecutive under-par round on the Greg Norman design, a tenth circuit which has ended with him ranked inside the top ten and he now averages 68.20 per lap - a successful defense of his title is definitely on the cards. At No. 3 he rolled in a 30'0" par-breaker, negotiating a shoulder on the green with no fuss. He then reached the turn with a birdie-bogey duo at 7 and 8. The back nine saw more action, opening with a tick at ten. At 14 his 3-wood approach to the 626-yard par-5 chased up the green to kick-in range for eagle, at 15 his 18'0" birdie putt from off the green went in at pace, at 18 more red seemed unlikely but he drained from 20'0". He is one shot clear of Tyrrell Hatton with Julian Suri, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat T3 on 8-under. He's flying under the radar this week: "Everyone is focussed on the Race to Dubai," he said. "I've nothing to lose."
Nov 17 - 7:28 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick started his defense of the DP World Tour Championship title in bold fashion with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 first round on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, two shots back of the clubhouse pacesetter Patrick Reed.

The Englishman is in a fine run of form, winning the European Masters in September and not ending a week outside the top 15 since. Yet during that run his opening lap has been nothing better than solid, with last week's 70 for T10 the closest to the lead. If he was going to change that, it is not surprising he should do so at this course: this is his ninth lap on it and he has never ended one of them outside the top ten. He opened with four straight pars and then threw three birdies in before the turn (at 5, 8 and 9). The back nine saw even more pars to begin with (seven) before he sprinted home with ticks at 17 and 18. The former thanks to draining a putt from 30'0".
Nov 16 - 7:13 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick is all set the defend the DP World Tour Championship title he so impressively won at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai 12 months ago.

In just two appearances in the Tour's grand finale the 23-year-old has proved that his lack of distance from the tee is no impediment to success on the 7,675 yard course. What's more he's done it without ever once lying outside the top ten at the end of any round. In 2015 he posted 68-69-68-70 to finish T4, then last year 69-69-66 got him T2 after 54 holes and a closing 67 overhauled Tyrrell Hatton's back nine lead. On that first start he ranked 6th for All-Round game with putting his only weakness; last year he topped both the Total Putting and All-Round rankings. He was triumphant in the European Masters in early September and hasn't been outside the top 15 since (a run of seven events in total).
Nov 14 - 3:42 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick blitzed a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the Turkish Airlines Open to hit the halfway mark on 8-under 134, tied for second on the live leaderboard but six back of the on-course leader Nicolas Colsaerts.

The Englishman has made just one error through 36 holes at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya, but on his second circuit there was not one. He cruised to the turn with seven pars and birdies at 7 and 9. On the back nine there two more red numbers (at 13 and 17) plus an eagle-3 at the 503-yard par-5 15th. He's making a debut on the course but was T26 in the tournament in 2015 when three poor rounds (73-73-72) were mixed with a sensational round two 63. He's looking for a sixth top 15 finish in a row, and also a second win of the year.
Nov 3 - 9:13 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick fired a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in round two of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, advancing to 7-under 136 at the midpoint.

The Englishman is one of just six players to have posted two rounds in the 60s so far and his efforts have taken him to T6 although that's six behind Dustin Johnson. With scoring just under a shot harder today, Fitzpatrick's 69 helped him climb five spots up the leaderboard. He struggled a little over the first six holes after wiping out an early birdie at 2 with bogeys at 3 and 5 but made five birdies in 10 holes from the 7th to the 16th. Another shot went at 17 before he parred the last. Fitzpatrick, as usual, is compensating for his shorter hitting (averaging nearly 40 yards less than DJ so far) with some solid iron play although his putter is a little cold (56th in Putts Per Round after 36).
Oct 27 - 5:24 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed his fourth European Tour title, the 2017 Omega European Masters, overcoming pre-round leader Scott Hend on the third play-off hole after he had earlier completed a fourth round 6-under-par 32-32=64 for a final total of 14-under 266 at Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Switzerland.

At the first play-off hole the two had both fought for par, at the second Fitzpatrick gave it a look from 12’0" before Hend pulled a 5’0" attempt wide of the cup, at the third time of asking the 23-year-old Englishman’s par was enough to grab the win. Earlier he had made bold moves towards the end of both nines to burst into the play-off and catch Hend from four shots back with 18 holes to play. In the first exchanges he gained a shot at 2 but lost it at 5. No matter, he splashed a trio of red at 6, 7 and 8 (the latter from 8’0"), added another at 10 from 12’0" and then repeated the hat-trick feat at 14, 15 and 16. The last of those was only the second par breaker of the day at the tricky par-3. He dropped a shot at 17, but parred the final hole to set a target only Hend could match.
Sep 10 - 11:35 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick has weekend aspirations in the Omega European Masters after hitting a second round 5-under-par 33-32=65 to post a halfway total of 8-under 132 at Crans-sur-Sierre GC.

The Englishman heads into the final two rounds tied for sixth and five shots back of the leader Scott Hend, but given his record at the Swiss course he’ll be confident of his chances. He finished second in 2015 and was T7 12 months ago, a fine effort after his first round 75 left him T130. On Friday he was error-free and started with five pars before adding a brace of birdies at 5 and 6. His back nine advances came at 10, 13 and 14. Seven of his last ten laps of this course have needed 66 or fewer swings.
Sep 8 - 1:51 PM

Matthew Fitzpatrick has played all 12 rounds in the majors this year and will look to extend that to 16 and hopefully make a challenge in the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

Having finished T7 in the 2016 Masters, the young Englishman knows he can handle big courses despite a lack of length off the tee so gamers concerned by his driving distance numbers shouldn't rule him out too easily on that front. A bigger concern is a lack of recent form which shows no top 40s in his last five starts. That run includes T35 at the U.S. Open and T44 in The Open at Royal Hoylake while earlier this year he was 32nd at Augusta National. It's his usually impressive putter that's holding Fitzpatrick back at the moment but if it does click on the greens he has the iron play and mental toughness to offer some decent reward this week. This will be his first start at Quail Hollow.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 8 - 7:29 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick will make a third championship appearance in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

After finishing T12 in the BMW PGA Championship and T2 in the Nordea Masters Fitzpatrick must have been confident heading into the Rolex Series, but he’s endured a difficult time of it, going MC-T54-MC at the Opens of France, Ireland and Scotland. Perhaps more worrying is that, having needed less than 30 putts per round in every start this year since he missed the cut on seasonal debut in Abu Dhabi, he has needed more than 30 in all three of those Opens. Made his Open Championship debut as US Amateur champion in 2013, finishing T44. His only pro appearance saw him miss the cut 12 months ago. In six rounds he is yet to better 72.
Source: TheOpen.com
Jul 17 - 11:00 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick smoothed an opening lap of 6-under-par 33-33=66 to hit the clubhouse at T5 on the live leaderboard in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Co. Londonderry.

The Englishman’s lap was bogey-free and wonderfully balanced, with a hat trick of birdies on both the front nine and back nine. The first set came at 5, 6 and 7, the second at 13, 14 and 15. The round leaves him just two shots behind the clubhouse leader Daniel Im. Is he set for a weekend of being in contention? His two Irish Opens played on parkland courses reaped T29 and MC; his sole previous experience in this event of links golf saw him peg T8 at Royal County Down.
Jul 6 - 1:22 PM

The youthful looking, and youthful in reality also, Matthew Fitzpatrick is gearing up for his third appearance in the U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course this week.

It’s not been a bad four years for the Sheffield golfer. Back in 2013 he won the U.S. Amateur, he gave college a try, didn’t like it, turned pro, won three times on the European Tour, including a superb victory in the end-of-season DP World Tour Championship last November, and made a Ryder Cup debut. And he’s still only 22-years-old. Moreover he arrives in Wisconsin in a nice run of form, having recovered from missing the cut at both The Heritage and THE PLAYERS, to post T12 in the BMW PGA Championship and then T2 when defending his Nordea Masters title two weeks ago. His two previous starts in the championship saw him make the cut but not much else (T48-T54) – all he’s really proved is he doesn’t like U.S. Open third rounds much (78-79). Eight majors into his career he has just the one top 20, but a nice one – he was T7 at last year’s Masters.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 13 - 10:46 AM

Matt Fitzpatrick came up just short, but completed a strong attempt to defend his Nordea Masters title, carding a final round 5-under-par 34-34=68 at Barseback G&CC, finishing the week on 10-under 282 and T2, just one behind winner Renato Paratore.

The Englishman had failed to break 70 in his first three laps of the Malmo course, but he changed that on Sunday despite a potentially card-wrecking double bogey-6 at the 3rd hole. Before that he had made birdie at 1, and in adding three more on the front nine at 5, 8 and 9 he was able to turn under-par. His first back nine tick came at 13, he made a two-putt birdie-4 at 16 and then drained a 12’0" par breaking opportunity at the last to set the clubhouse target. Ultimately Paratore sneaked past him by one. It’s his sixth top 20 of the season, but first top ten since he won the DP World Tour Championship last November.
Jun 4 - 11:30 AM

Matthew Fitzpatrick missed the cut in his 2016 PLAYERS debut but returns this week for another crack at TPC Sawgrass.

The budding Englishman arrives on the heels of a missed cut at the RBC Heritage, an event played on what he calls his favorite track on TOUR. Prior to that, his form was trending nicely with finishes of 32nd place at the Masters, T13 at the Arnold Palmer Invite, and T16 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. The three-time European Tour winner is still searching for his first top 5 on the PGA TOUR. With TPC Sawgrass favoring accuracy a bit more than most stops on the schedule, this would be a decent chance for Fitzpatrick to showcase his skills.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 9 - 9:58 AM

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