The Englisman has been playing very well of late on the PGA Tour, which included a very impressive 7th placed finish at this year’s Master in Augusta behind fellow-Englishman Danny Willett.
Fitzpatrick opened the week with a 4-under 68, and took the lead in the tournament on the back-nine on Friday and never looked back.
He started the final round with a thre shot lead, leaving the rest of the field with a mammoth task to catch him. While two Swedes, Bjorn Hellgren and Henrik Stenson did shot very impressive rounds of 67 and 68 respectively, none of Fitzpatrick’s closest challengers got close enough to put him under pressure.
He did however bogey the last hole, but with a 4-shot lead going into the final hole, it was excusable. He now takes next week off before beginning his assault on the US Open at the Oakmont Country Club.
Fitzpatrick tweeted his delight not long after the win;
After the win Fitzpatrick said, “Fairways and greens were key, I missed two all day. This is the best I played today.””It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win. “I felt like today was the round where I would be under the most pressure.
“I was keeping an eye on where I needed to get to but I was just taking one hole at a time and I was so zoned-in to my own game, I didn’t know what was gong on around me half the time. I’m a million miles ahead of schedule. It’s been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win.”
Most golf fans may not had heard much about Matthew Fitzpatrick up to now, but this win will make many sit up and take note. He has the game to rise to the very top of the game, and it may not take him too long to get there!