With a 3-under-par 35-33=68 in Sunday's final round, Matt Fitzpatrick posted 15-under 269 and completed a two-shot, wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters at Woburn.
This had been coming. Fitzpatrick looked destined for great things on the pro circuit after winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur and, after coming through Q-School at the end of 2014, the rookie has posted three top three finishes in his last six strokeplay starts. He took the final, and most difficult, step today thanks to a back-nine charge on his home English turf. Fitzpatrick looked to be falling behind after playing his first 10 holes in even par but surged into the lead with birdies at 11, 12, 15 and 17. That allowed him to absorb a bogey at 18 and still finish two in front of Shane Lowry, Fabrizio Zanotti and Soren Kjeldsen. "It's not going to sink in for a long time, I know that," said the 21-year-old, who split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation on Sunday. Overall, he was 14-for-19 in scrambling for the week, including 4-for-6 in round four. Fitzpatrick is now exempt into the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 01:01:00 PM