Golf: Woburn wizard Fitzpatrick is tour's new kid on the block

Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:13am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - The European Tour can proudly boast the arrival of a highly promising new young kid on the block following Matt Fitzpatrick's stunning two-shot win at the $4.55 million British Masters.

Clearly the event is not of the same stature as the U.S. Masters but the 21-year-old Englishman was happy to draw comparisons between his victory on Sunday and American Jordan Spieth's triumph in the year's opening major in April.

"Winning wire-to-wire is something I think most players dream of and it's not often it gets done," Fitzpatrick told reporters with a beaming smile.

"Spieth won the Masters that way and for me to be in the same category is pretty special. It's a great achievement."

What made Fitzpatrick's maiden victory even more spectacular was that the tour rookie, the youngest player in the field, believed he was not even firing on all cylinders at Woburn.

"I really didn't think I had my 'A' game," he said. "I know a lot of people will probably say, 'you won so you must have', but there were phone calls to my coach on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening, all saying, 'what do I do?'.

"We were working on trying to fix a couple of things because I really didn't think I was hitting it that well."

Fitzpatrick broke Justin Rose's 2002 record as the youngest player to win the British Masters, an event that has been on the tour since 1972 and returned to the schedule this season after a seven-year hiatus.   Continued...

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick celebrates with the trophy after winning The British Masters. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alex Morton