Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Years Professional: 0 (Still Amateur)
Primary Tour: Various, will be playing on invitations
OWGR: 2 (Amateur Ranking)
2012 Boys Amateur Champion (Held in UK)
2013 US Amateur Champion
Low amateur at 2013 Open Championship
2013 English Amateur Championship Finalist
Top British point scorer at 2013 Walker Cup
What others have said:
Fred Couples –
“He’s very good,” Couples said. “He doesn’t miss many shots, he hits it straight. As he gets bigger, he’ll hit it a little further, but he hits it plenty far. He’s not like one of these crazy bombers that you see. He’s good. At 18 you should putt well. He’s a good putter.”
University Coach –
“is the ‘most significant’ player the program has inked since (Luke) Donald”
What DownThe18th think:
Matthew Fitzpatrick is regarded as Britain’s hottest prospect in golf. Having won the prestigious US Amateur Championship in 2013 (Peter Uihlein, Edoardo Molinari and Ryan Moore are the most notable recent winners) he then went on to finish as low amateur at the 2013 Open Championship.
His outstanding play saw him reach number 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings which also saw him move to America and attend the Northwestern University in 2013. After a successful year, he made the bold switch back to his home city of Sheffield to pursue a full-time amateur career. 2014 will bring many new challenges including invitations to the Masters, US Open and British Open. A few have questioned Fitzpatrick’s decision to leave the college scene in America, but he is someone we will see a lot of not just in 2014, but for many years to come!
And just as we publish this, Matthew is over in America gearing up for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Do not put it past the Englishman making a name for himself come this weekend!
Fun Fact: If you know your football/soccer, Matt is a HUGE Sheffield United fan. He will be happy at the current revival under Nigel Clough, that is for sure.
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