Fitzpatrick stays on course for Woburn record

Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:08pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Matthew Fitzpatrick kept up his hopes of becoming the youngest-ever winner of the British Masters when the 21-year-old ended the third round in a tie for the lead with burly Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat on Saturday.

The Englishman, who has held the lead on his own or shared it throughout this week's $4.55 million tournament, produced a cool par save at the 18th hole to post a three-under-par 68 for a 12-under aggregate of 201.

The big-hitting Kiradech, known for his 'go for broke' style, picked up four birdies in a faultless 67 in his attempt to become the first player to win three European Tour events this season.

However, the identity of the eventual winner is anyone's guess because 14 players are within five strokes of the lead.

Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (66) and Dane Soren Kjeldsen (69) were joint third on 202, two ahead of England's Luke Donald and Richard Bland, Shane Lowry of Ireland and Frenchman Romain Wattel.

Fitzpatrick looked like dropping a shot at the last but he got up and down from an awkward spot in a greenside bunker and will break fellow countryman Justin Rose's 2002 record as the youngest champion if he claims the first prize of $755,000.

The former world amateur number one mixed four birdies with a solitary bogey but was not at his best on another warm, autumnal day at Woburn.


Golf - The British Masters - Woburn Golf Club - 10/10/15
England's Matthew Fitzpatrick in action during the third round
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton