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Friday, 09 October 2015
Matthew Fitzpatrick   (Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)

Having picked up his first European Tour title at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at just 21 years old, Matt Fitzpatrick announced himself onto the professional golf scene in dramatic style. We did some research on the young Englishman to discover some things you may not have known about Matt Fitzpatrick.

He was the youngest player in the field

Born in September 1994, Fitzpatrick was the youngest player playing in the British Masters this week. He is ten month younger than Paul Dunne who was making just his second professional start. In fact, by the time Fitzpatrick was born Miguel Ángel Jiménez had already won twice on The European Tour at the 1992 Piaget Belgian Open and the 1994 Heineken Dutch Open.

He went to the same college as Luke Donald

Like many young, aspiring golfers Fitzpatrick chose to go through the American college system in order to fine tune his game. He chose Northwestern University in Chicago, the same college that both Luke Donald and David Lipsky went to. Despite staying just one semester before turning pro, Fitzpatrick played five collegiate events, winning once and finishing in the top five three more times.

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He was the first English winner of the US Amateur in 102 years

Fitzpatrick broke onto the global golf scene when he won the US Amateur Championship at the Brookline Country Club in 2013. After beating Oliver Goss 4&3 in a 36 hole final, he became the first English winner of the event since Harold Hilton won the trophy back in 1911.

He was once the best amateur golfer in the world

Following his dramatic win at the US Amateur Fitzpatrick rose to number one in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, joining the likes of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Matteo Manassero, Peter Uihlein and Victor Dubuisson as players who've reached the top of the amateur game since the rankings began in 2007.

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He's a keen Sheffield United FC fan

Born in Sheffield in South Yorkshire to parents Russell and Susan, Matt quickly began supporting his local football team, Sheffield United. The Blades as they're known were relegated from the Premier League the season before Fitzpatrick was born and have only made it back into England's top tier once in his lifetime, doing so in 2006.

He was only playing the British Masters as an invite

Despite a strong rookie season already in 2015, Fitzpatrick was the highest ranked player in the Race To Dubai who did not automatically qualify for the British Masters. However, the tournament extended an invite and safe to say... he made the most of it.

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He's one most accurate players on Tour

Fitzpatrick is currently one of only two players on The European Tour who rank in the top ten in both Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation. Along with South Africa's Thomas Aiken, Fitzpatrick is one of the most accurate players on Tour hitting more than 70 per cent of fairways and 75 per cent of greens.

His caddie was once banned from Augusta

In 2013, after receiving an invite to play in the Masters after his US Amateur win, Fitzpatrick found himself without a caddie for practice round. The powers at Augusta banned the 20 year old's bagman Lorne Duncan because he was wearing sandals. Duncan said he wore sandals due to a foot problem but was forced to change his footwear for the opening round.

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He was the first player since Bobby Jones to win low amateur at The Open and US Open

Having won the silver medal at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, Fitzpatrick went on to win low amateur honours at the US Open the following year at Pinehurst. In doing so he became the first amateur since Bobby Jones in 1930 to hold both low amateur titles at the same time.

He is the youngest player in the top 100 in the world

Following his win at Woburn this week Matthew Fitzpatrick is now the youngest player in the top 100 of the Official Golf World Rankings. He is 401 days younger than the number one player in the world, Jordan Spieth.

He has more top three finishes this season than anyone else

As we said, Fitzpatrick has hit the ground running in his European Tour career and with his win at the British Masters he now has more top three finishes (5) than anyone else on The European Tour. Danny Willett, Bernd Wiesberger and David Howell all have four top threes.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-15
T2LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-13
T2KJELDSEN, SørenDEN18-13
T2ZANOTTI, FabrizioPAR18-13
T5FRASER, MarcusAUS18-11
T5LORENZO-VERA, MikeFRA18-11

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