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Saturday, 27 July 2019
Matthew Fitzpatrick  (Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)

Matthew Fitzpatrick is happy to keep a low profile as he goes in search of a first World Golf Championships title on Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The Englishman spoke of going 'under the radar' after taking a two shot lead after 36 holes and the spotlight will certainly not be on him on day four with four time Major winners Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka going out in the final group.

Fitzpatrick will go out in the penultimate pairing alongside Marc Leishman - two shots behind McIlroy - after a third round 69 where he had to battle to get back into contention.

The five time European Tour winner dropped four shots in as many holes from the 12th but bounced back with two birdies and has no problem being the support act for his final 18 holes.

"I've got nothing to lose," he said. "To be only two behind going into tomorrow is fine.

"I'm under the radar, I'm chasing as opposed to holding the lead which is arguably easier. Obviously I would love to have the lead but with that comes an extra little bit of pressure. I'm just looking forward to teeing it up.

I've got nothing to lose - Matthew Fitzpatrick

"It's a great position to be in. I probably would have taken this before I teed off, a couple behind knowing that I need to shoot a low one tomorrow and still in with a shout of winning it.

"The two guys ahead of me are great players and the players around me are great players as well. But just to have that little bit extra cushion to be chasing by only two is much easier than four or five."

He added: "No one really wanted to watch me and Patrick (Cantlay) because they were more about watching Rory and Brooks.

"That's completely understandable, I'd be the same. I think obviously I didn't have as big a crowd as those guys but just being at the top of the leaderboard playing under that pressure, I felt like I handled it pretty well.

"I felt one under was probably fair for how I actually played the whole day barring a couple of bad swings. It was a good day, I'm still in with a shout."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-16
2SIMPSON, WebbUSA18-13
3LEISHMAN, MarcAUS18-12
T4FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-11
T4FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-11
T4MCILROY, RoryNIR18-11

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