Matthew Fitzpatrick

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Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matthew Fitzpatrick.jpg
Fitzpatrick in 2014
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Thomas Fitzpatrick
Born (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 24)
Sheffield, England
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Nationality England
Career
CollegeNorthwestern University
Turned professional2014
Current tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour5
Asian Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT7: 2016
PGA ChampionshipT41: 2019
U.S. OpenT12: 2018, 2019
The Open ChampionshipT20: 2019
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal2013

Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick (born 1 September 1994) is an English professional golfer. His biggest achievement as an amateur was winning the 2013 U.S. Amateur. His first professional win was in the 2015 British Masters.

Early life[edit]

Fitzpatrick was born in Sheffield and attended Tapton School where he sat A-levels in 2013.[1] His younger brother Alex is an amateur golfer attending Wake Forest University. He has been selected for the 2019 Walker Cup.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Fitzpatrick won the 2012 Boys Amateur Championship at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell). He made the cut at the 2013 Open Championship and finished as low amateur, winning The Silver Medal.[3] Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Mullen were the only amateurs to make the cut, with Fitzpatrick finishing on 294 to Mullen's 299.[4] Later in 2013, Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur, which earned him invitations to the 2014 Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, and Open Championship provided he remained an amateur.[5] The U.S. Amateur win took him to the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking[6] which earned him the Mark H. McCormack Medal.[7] In September 2013 he played in the Walker Cup.

In September 2013 Fitzpatrick enrolled at the Northwestern University to play college golf with the Northwestern Wildcats;[8] however he left after one semester, in January 2014, to pursue a full-time amateur golf career.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Fitzpatrick turned professional after the 2014 U.S. Open,[10] forfeiting his exemption to the 2014 Open Championship.[11] His professional debut was at the 2014 Irish Open, after which he played several competitions on the European Tour and Challenge Tour on sponsor and tournament invitations.

In November 2014, he entered the 2014 European Tour Qualifying School[12] where he finished in 11th place and qualified for the 2015 European Tour.

Fitzpatrick started the 2015 season missing six cuts in the first eight competitions on the season; in June, he registered a third place at the Lyoness Open quickly followed, in July 2015, by second place at the Omega European Masters a shot behind Danny Willett, winning the second prize of €300,000. His maiden victory came in October 2015, when he won the British Masters at Woburn, winning the first prize of £500,000 (€671,550). After this result, he entered the world top 100 for the first time with a ranking of 59. He finished his rookie season on tour with one win, nine top-10 placements, and a 12th place in the final Order of Merit.

In April 2016, Fitzpatrick competed at the 2016 Masters Tournament, finishing tied for the 7th place; in June, he won the 2016 Nordea Masters and reached the 32nd place in the Official World Golf Ranking, his best position to date. Thanks to his results on the 2015 and 2016 seasons of the European Tour he obtained an automatic selection for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

In November 2016, Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai by one shot over Tyrrell Hatton. This was the third and biggest win of his career.[13]

In September 2017, Fitzpatrick won the Omega European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland via a playoff victory over Scott Hend.

In September 2018, Fitzpatrick defended his Omega European Masters title in a playoff over Lucas Bjerregaard.

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

European Tour wins (5)[edit]

Legend
Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Other European Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 11 Oct 2015 British Masters −15 (64-69-68-68=269) 2 strokes Denmark Søren Kjeldsen, Republic of Ireland Shane Lowry,
Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
2 5 Jun 2016 Nordea Masters −16 (68-65-68-71=272) 3 strokes Denmark Lasse Jensen
3 20 Nov 2016 DP World Tour Championship, Dubai −17 (69-69-66-67=271) 1 stroke England Tyrrell Hatton
4 10 Sep 2017 Omega European Masters^ −14 (67-65-70-64=266) Playoff Australia Scott Hend
5 9 Sep 2018 Omega European Masters (2) −17 (69-64-63-67=263) Playoff Denmark Lucas Bjerregaard

^Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2017 Omega European Masters Australia Scott Hend Won with par on third extra hole
2 2018 Omega European Masters Denmark Lucas Bjerregaard Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2019 BMW International Open Italy Andrea Pavan Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Matthew Fitzpatrick
Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT T7 32 T38
U.S. Open T48LA T54 T35 T12
The Open Championship T44LA CUT T44 CUT
PGA Championship T49 CUT CUT
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament T21
PGA Championship T41
U.S. Open T12
The Open Championship T20
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 5 19 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T35 T16 T30 T27
Match Play T38 T17 T36 T61
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T50 T48 T4
HSBC Champions T7 T16 T9 T54
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bull, Andy. "US Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick aims to cut a dash at the Masters". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "2018-19 Men's Golf Roster Alex Fitzpatrick". godeacs.com. Wake Forest University Athletics. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ Lavner, Ryan (21 July 2013). "Englishman Fitzpatrick, 18, low amateur at Open". Golf Channel. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. ^ Scott, Ged (19 July 2013). "The Open 2013: Jimmy Mullen keeps Silver Medal hopes alive". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  5. ^ "U.S. Am: Matt Fitzpatrick tops Goss". ESPN. Associated Press. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Matthew Fitzpatrick becomes the World's number one amateur". WAGR. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Fitzpatrick and Ko win Mark H McCormack Medals as leading amateurs". WAGR. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  8. ^ Stein, Cassie (2 July 2013). "Collegians Forrest, Stow, Fitzpatrick qualify for Open". Golfweek. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  9. ^ Evans, Farrell (9 January 2014). "Matt Fitzpatrick leaves Northwestern". ESPN. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Matt Fitzpatrick to turn professional after US Open". BBC Sport. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  11. ^ Lavner, Ryan (20 May 2014). "U.S. Am champ Fitzpatrick turning pro after Pinehurst". Golf Channel.
  12. ^ "British youngster Matt Fitzpatrick seals European Tour place for next season after fine finish at Spanish Qualifying School". Daily Mail. London. 22 November 2014.
  13. ^ Murray, Ewan (20 November 2016). "Matthew Fitzpatrick holds nerve to win DP World Tour Championship in Dubai". The Guardian.

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