Name:Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick
Born:Sept 1, 1994 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
Original/Home Club:Hallamshire GC, Sheffield, S Yorks.
US Amateur champion (2013). Walker Cup player (2013). Ryder Cup player (2016). Multiple wins on the European Tour.
Fitzpatrick's highly successful amateur career included victory in the 2012 British Boys Amateur Championship, and culminated in winning the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Country Club (Brookline) in 2013. After a brief spell at Northwestern University in Illinois, the 19-year-old Yorkshireman turned professional in 2014 and qualified to play on the European Tour in 2015.
Fitzpatrick didn't have to wait too long for success as a professional, with European Tour wins coming in 2015 and 2016. His early successes also won him a place in Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup team, where he was on the losing end of the two matches he played in.
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Dec 10-13; postponed from Nov 19-22 due to world coronavirus pandemic; last of four Eurpn Tr Rolex Series events in 2020, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), who collected the biggest prize in world golf in 2020. Second place was enough for Westwood to secure the season-long Race to Dubai title. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 6-9; Eurpn/Asian tours event). Defending champion Fitzpatrick (Eng) beat Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to record his fifth European Tour win. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 7-10; Eurpn/Asian tours event). Fitzpatrick (Eng) beat Scott Hend with a par at the third playoff hole (par-4 18th). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
Played as the DP World Tour Championship (Nov 17-20; last of three European Tour Final Series events, concluding the season-long Race to Dubai Order of Merit). Second-placed Tyrrell Hatton (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), who claimed his third European Tour title. [Earth course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE].
Played as the Nordea Masters (June 2-5). Second-placed Lasse Jensen (Den) finished 3 shots behind Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), who claimed his second European Tour title. [Stadium course, Bro Hof Slott GC, nr Stockholm, Sweden].
Played as the British Masters supported by Sky Sports (Oct 8-11; hosted by Ian Poulter; last played in 2008). Second-placed Søren Kjeldsen (Den), Shane Lowry (Ire) and Fabrizio Zanotti (Para) finished 2 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Fitzpatrick (Eng). Recording his first European Tour win, the 21-year-old rookie was the youngest player in the field. [Marquess course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
The US Amateur Championship (113th) (Aug 12-18). Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng) beat Oliver Goss (Aus) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final, becoming the first Englishman to win this title since 1911. Fitzpatrick was also the low amateur at the 2013 Open Championship. [The Country Club, Brookline, Boston, Mass.].
Played as the Boys Amateur Championship. Fitzpatrick (Eng) beat Henry James (Eng) 10 and 8 in the 36-hole final match. [Notts GC, Hollinwell, nr Mansfield, England; earlier rounds also played at Coxmoor GC].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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