Young Fitzpatrick's Matt finish secures Woburn win

Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:24pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - European Tour rookie Matt Fitzpatrick, the youngest player in the field, showed the old stagers a thing or two by easing to a two-stroke triumph at the $4.55 million British Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Englishman was locked in an enthralling race for the title with Dane Soren Kjeldsen until pressing the turbo-charge button on the back nine and accelerating away from the field to finish with a 68 and a 15-under total of 269.

Fitzpatrick, who had held or shared the lead all week, snared successive birdies at the 11th and 12th before rolling home a 20-foot birdie effort at the 15th and turning to the crowd to celebrate with a double fist-pump.

The former world amateur number one effectively sealed his maiden tour win with a laser-guided tee shot to three feet at the short 17th and could even afford the luxury of a dropped shot at the last on a sunny but cold autumnal day at Woburn.

Kjeldsen looked as if he would make Fitzpatrick fight all the way to the 18th but his bid was undermined when he took three putts from 30 feet at the 15th and followed up by slicing his drive straight up against a tree at the next hole.

The Dane ended up with a 69 for 271 and had to settle for a share of second place with Ireland's Shane Lowry (67) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (69).

GREAT DAY   Continued...

Golf - The British Masters - Woburn Golf Club - 11/10/15
England's Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates with the trophy after winning The British Masters
Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton