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Born: 1 September 1994
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
College: Northwestern College
Resides: Sheffield, England
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 6
Other wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Matt has been a fixture in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings since the end of 2015. He won the US Amateur Championship in 2013 and made the transition to the paid ranks with ease, winning his first title at the 2015 British Masters. 2019 was the first year since 2015 that he hasn't won at least once but four 2nd place finishes meant it wasn't a bad year by any measure.
Matt returned to the winners enclosure in 2020 with a win at the season ending DP World Tour Championship.
Matt has a younger brother Alex, who is also an extremely good amateur golfer, having represented GB&I at the 2019 Walker Cup.
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SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Joint leader going into the final round of the Scottish Open, Matt shot a final round 67 to make a playoff with Min Woo Lee and Thomas Detry. He would lose the playoff.
Two shots back going into the fnal round at the Genesis Invitational, Matt could only manage a level par 71 to slip from 2nd to 5th.
Matt was joint leader at the DP World Tour Championship with 18 holes to go. He was 5 under through the first seven holes and was never under any pressure until the last hole, where a par was enough to win by a shot.
Began the final round 2 shots behind a four-way tie for the lead at the RBC Heritage. Shot 68 to finish 14th, 6 shots behind winner Webb Simpson.
Matt began the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship 2 shots behind Lee Westwood. He birdied three of the first four holes but was unable to maintain that pace and could only match Westwood's 67.
Matt was unlucky to lose out at the Italian Open when, after leading by one shot after 3 rounds, Bernd Wiesberger shot a best of the day 65 at the Italian Open to pip him by a shot. It should be noted that Matt traded at odds on on Betfair before he put his ball out of bounds on the par 5 9th hole and made double bogey.
Matt was bettered by someone shooting a 64 (as Francesco Molinari did at Bay Hill earlier in the year) when he lost out to Erik Van Rooyen at the Scandinavian Invitation (he started 1 shot behind this time).
If Matt was unfortunate to be pipped on three occasions other occasions in 2019, he could have no excuses at the BMW international. Starting the final round 1 shot behind third round leader Jordan Smith, he traded at 1.20 on Betfair when he drove it greenside on the driveable par 4 16th. However, he somehow only made par and then went on to bogey 17 before managing to birdie the last to salvage a playoff.
He led at the Arnold Palmer Invitational by 1 shot going into the final round and shot a 1 under 71 which would have been enough were it not for Francesco Molinari shooting a sublime 64 to win from well off the pace.
Matt is generally reliable in contention. After losing out to Francesco Molinari at the Arnold Palmer in 2019 Matt spoke about not being "aggressive" enough and we're starting to see signs of this. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to 4 stars.
Time of the year
Five of Matt's six wins have come between September and December so he clearly likes the end of the year. Most likely buoyed by his end of season successes, he's also displayed a liking for coming out of the blocks fast after the winter break. Between 2020 and 2015 his finishes in his first event of the year have been 2-4-3-MC-26-5.
Matt is a player who has won whilst on form and won after a missed cut in his previous event so don't be put off if he seems out of form.
Major and WGC Analysis
Best finish in majors in 2020 was 46th at The Masters.
Despite winning low amateur at the 2013 Open Championship, Matt has a distinctly average record at The Open. In his last four appearances he's missed the cut twice and last years 20th place finish was comfortably his best ever finish.
Matt hasn't showing a liking for the US PGA to date, missing the cut three times and 41st being his best finish. Given the key attribute in recent years is power off the tee, this is a Major that is unlikely to elude Matt.
Given that Matt ranks highly for greens in regulation and driving accuracy, the US Open should offer him the best chance of winning a Major. He has posted consecutive top 12 finishes in 2018 and 2019 and can be expected to contend in future.
Its likely that Matt will breakthrough and win a WGC event before long. He led both the 2019 WGC HSBC Champions and the 2019 WGC FedEx St Jude at 36 holes and with a bit more of a killer instinct he could win a WGC in future. Also finished 6th at the 2020 WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational.
2-2. Both of Matt's titles at the European Masters (2017 & 2018) came via playoffs. Matt lost his most recent playoff at the 2021 Scottish Open. Prior to that he lost out at the 2019 BMW International Open to Andrea Pavan. Matt played poorly in the BMW playoff, failing to birdie the par 5 on either attempt.
Significant QuotesDP, World Tour Championship, Dubai, 2020
Q You started the season, or you started the year ranked 26 in the world and had a very consistent kind of year, but if suppose you did not have this Sunday, how disappointed would you have been with the year?
MATTHEW FITZPATRICK: Yeah, I think I would have been disappointed. There isn't -- no doubt about that. I've already talked about that with my team that I would be disappointed because I've not felt like I've contended enough this year, and I've not felt the good results coming through the back door, which is always nice, but you like to be competing.
But the big positive for me that I was going to take away from this regardless of what happened today is for the first three days, I really, really felt like I played really well. The only holes that I felt in my game were my short game the first three days. And I think it quite tough to chip around here anyways, it's very grainy and stuff.
But that was going to be the positive coming away that I felt my game was in good shape and knew what I needed to work on and we were doing well with what it was.