Pros advice

No form and four shots back – Fitzpatrick makes history

Powered by National Club Golfer

Matt Fitzpatrick has done next to nothing this summer but he is now the youngest Englishman to win four times on the European Tour. Here’s Matt Fitzpatrick’s form since finishing second in Sweden in June – 35-MC-52-MC-44-50-MC-54 – and now a W.

Last week, after the Czech Masters, he tweeted: “Unfortunately another poor one for me, lots of work to be done to turn it around.”

Whatever work Fitzpatrick, who only turned 23 last week, did it certainly worked at the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. He closed with a 64 and then, on the third play-off hole, he saw off Scott Hend. The Aussie also missed out 12 months ago to Alex Noren, the Swede boxing a 30-footer at the first extra hole.

This time around Fitzpatrick had to make a five-footer to stay in it at the first extra hole, Hend then missed from a similar distance before, after finding a fairway bunker again, he made a messy bogey.

For Fitzpatrick, who played the 18th hole five times on Sunday and parred it each time, it was his fourth win. This makes him the youngest Englishman to win four times on the European Tour, some stat to have on your CV, and is perfect timing given the Ryder Cup qualifying is now underway.

Fitzpatrick with Trophy

He did it courtesy of a final-round 64 which even included a pair of bogeys.

“It was a great final round. It was the lowest round of the week for me and it’s probably my lowest round in competition here.”

Not quite true, Matthew. Last year he closed with a 64 and he also managed it on the Saturday in 2015 when he was 7th and 2nd – numbers which makes his 25-1 starting piece seem quite tasty despite the poor recent form.

“I love this course. It’s fantastic. It really suits my game. Scott hit it to five or six feet and I was saying to my caddie that the bogey on 17 in regulation will cost me the win. Unfortunately for Scott, he gave it away. I was fortunate to get the job done. I thought it was over when he hit it close.”

The wins have come at home (British Masters), in Sweden (Nordea Masters), in Dubai (World Tour Championship) and now the mountains. At the start of the week he appeared to be heading out of the all-important world’s top 50, now he is safely inside that number.


Keep up to date with all the latest news & videos
Latest News
  • american golf News: Unstoppable Hatton wins back-to-back at Italian Open

    England's Tyrrell Hatton is now up to 17th in the world after going back-to-back, again beating a fast-finishing Ross Fisher.
    Read more

  • american golf News: Tiger back in red and Rory’s old house for sale

    Now, I made my feelings about this quite clear in last week’s episode of The Slam, so I won’t go into much more detail.
    Read more

  • american golf News: 'I'm still not going to work out” – Pat Perez wins at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia

    At 41 Pat Perez continues to make great strides as he coasted to victory in Malaysia while we round up the best and worst parts of the week.
    Read more

More news
 View More Button
Latest Videos
  • Video: TaylorMade P790 Iron

    Don't be deceived by the clean lines and classic design. The TaylorMade P790 Iron delivers unprecedented distances through forged construction and a revolutionary speedfoam technology. Golfers can experience forgiveness and workability like never before...
    Read more

  • Video: FootJoy D.N.A. Helix Shoes

    FootJoy D.N.A. Helix golf shoes feature the latest innovation in comfort and performance, and have been engineered from feedback given by the world's best players.
    Read more

  • Video: Titleist 718 Irons

    Smack it high and land it soft with a lower CG and refined tungsten weighting for each individual iron. The Titleist 718 Irons achieve greater shot distances while holding to the green more often, getting you into higher scoring situations...
    Read more

More news
View More Button