Matt Fitzpatrick is ready for the Italian Open.
Matt Fitzpatrick, statements
“I'm looking forward to starting the tournament. On behalf of my whole family, I would like to thank the Italian Golf Federation for inviting my brother Alex to participate as well.
This week the motivations are very high: it is played on the course that will host the next Ryder Cup and the points for the qualifiers are already up for grabs. The field is in excellent condition. Hole 16 will certainly be an important junction for winning matches.
Note the tricks studied by Luke Donald, with the help of Edoardo Molinari and Thomas Bjørn, to ensure that Europe can make its best in a year. I want to be part of the team that will challenge the USA and give my contribution for the victory ”.
Matthew has been playing tournaments that count for the world ranking since 2011. He was 2nd in the Carris Trophy and the Yorkshire Amateur that year. In April 2012, he won the Hampshire Salver in a tie with Jack Barlett. This was a dream year.
He qualified for the British Open. After round 2, he, like amateur Jimmy Mullen, qualified for the weekend, finishing +19 as best amateur and earning the Silver Medal.
Fitzpatrick came in 2nd in the English Amateur in early August and won the US Amateur two weeks later, making him the first English winner since 1911.
The finalist was Oliver Goss. The two finalists were invited to the next editions of the Masters, and Fitzpatrick was invited to the US Open and British Open provided he was still an amateur. His younger brother Alex was his caddy.
After this win, he was number 1 in the world rankings, for which he was awarded the Mark H. McCormack Medal. Meanwhile, in 2013 he attended Northwestern University and played golf for the Wildcats In the week before the Masters, he was number 2 in the world ranking.
He missed the cut, Oliver Goss finished best amateur. Fitzpatrick played the Georgia Cup but lost 3&2 to Garrick Porteous, the number 8 in the world. As the winner of the US Amateur, he was allowed to participate in the US Open in June. He made the cut and played the last round under par and was the only and therefore best amateur.