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, '21). 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 Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters (Oct 14-17). Second-placed Sebastian Soderberg (Swe) and Min Woo Lee (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng). [Real (Royal) Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
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].
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
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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