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Saturday, 24 August 2019
Matthew Fitzpatrick  (Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)

Matthew Fitzpatrick carded a closing eagle on day three of the Scandinavian Invitation to keep alive his chances of continuing a remarkable run on the European Tour.

Since gaining his card at the Qualifying School in 2014, the Englishman has won in every completed season he has played, winning five times including at this event in 2016.

He has yet to win on the 2019 Race to Dubai but has two second place finishes, including a play-off defeat at the BMW International Open in June.

“I always want to win," he said. "For me, after winning three years in a row, it became a bit of a goal, whether it is one win or as many wins in a year.

"If I win now or later this year it will be winning five years in a row, so that is a goal for me to keep that up, but I will be going out there tomorrow trying to win.”

The 24-year-old entered day three at the Hills Golf & Sports Club with a two shot lead but found himself three behind Erik van Rooyen stood on the 18th tee after dropping three shots in as many holes from the 14th.

A putt from off the green at the par five last catapulted him back within one of Van Rooyen and he will head into day four looking for European Tour title number six.

I will be going out there tomorrow trying to win - Matthew Fitzpatrick

“It was just a couple of bad swings that cost me a couple of shots," he said. "I felt comfortable all day, played really solid, just didn’t make anything. We were just a little bit out with the clubs and that made it a little difficult to hole 25 footers for birdie.

“When I hit it (putt on 18), I thought it was a good pace to have a chance distance wise and it got about three quarters of the way and was actually online and I thought this has got a really good chance. Fortunately, I nailed it right in the middle."

Fitzpatrick has recently teamed up with caddie Billy Foster, a man who counts Seve Ballesteros and Lee Westwood among his former employers, and the 2016 Ryder Cup star is delighted to have a man of such heritage on his bag.

“Billy brings experience," he said. "He is brilliantly honest in a good way. I said coming up 18, as a genuine question, 'do you think we weren’t aggressive enough today?' and he told me how it was. He said I didn’t play well enough and that is what you want. You want it straight, so that is the big advantage he brings."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-19
2FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-18
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-14
T3BURMESTER, DeanRSA18-14
T5SODERBERG, SebastianSWE18-13
T5KIM, SihwanUSA18-13

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