Matt Fitzpatrick secures the success of the Andalusian Masters with a three-shot victory… as he exits the Ryder Cup after his heartbreak with the seventh win of his career
- Matt Fitzpatrick produced an impressive display to triumph in Andalusian Masters
- Fitzpatrick’s success helped him move on with frustration over the Ryder Cup
- He managed to beat Laurie Canter and Sebastian Soderberg
- Fitzpatrick made it two Ryder Cup appearances without a point in Wisconsin
How fitting that a Ryder Cup venue proved the setting as Matt Fitzpatrick moved on after last month’s bitter disappointment in Whistling Straits with a fine win in the Andalusian Masters on Sunday.
For the first time since Europe’s whipping in Wisconsin, the 27-year-old found the claustrophobic limits of tricky Valderrama much more to his liking as he chased down Englishman Laurie Canter and Swede Sebastian Soderberg with a final lap 69 for a three-stroke success.
It was the seventh win of his career and the only Englishmen to win so many titles at a younger age were Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Peter Oosterhuis.
Matt Fitzpatrick celebrates after taking the Andalusian Masters victory
He joins a roster of Valderrama winners, including Sergio Garcia, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Faldo and Seve Ballesteros, who also captained Europe to victory in the 1997 Ryder Cup.
“It was on the bucket list to win a lap here with all its history and to do it with a bogey-free lap on Sunday afternoon feels extra special,” said the Sheffield man.
Fitzpatrick exited the Ryder Cup, feeling unhappy when he emerged futile after three games and determined to finish the season on a high. He can occasionally miss artillery on courses with wide open fairways suitable for the bombers, but good tests like Valderrama play into his hands.
Fitzpatrick played for the first time since the Ryder Cup when he was out to get on
This was a masterclass in Faldo-esque patience as he waited for his less experienced rivals to burst.
While Canter struggled after building a three-stroke lead at the start and Soderberg completely fell apart over the last two holes, Fitzpatrick hit for the first time on the 16th, where he followed 15 pars with a precious birdie.
On the discouragingly difficult par five 17th, where Soderberg lost a ball to get an ugly seven, Fitzpatrick calmly posted another win that effectively sealed his win.
Now fifth in the Race to Dubai, he will have the chance to win the all-season chase when it peaks in the Middle East next month.
Laurie Canter started well but struggled after building a three-stroke lead early on
At the final event, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, it is a coincidence that Fitzpatrick becomes the defending champion.
For Canter, 31 from Bath, who led by two strokes on the last lap, it was another learning experience after his second place finish in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
He shouldn’t be too depressed, because it’s hard to imagine that it’s harder to win for the first time than this one where the margins are so small.
In New York, in the first women’s European Tour event to be held in America, there was more English success on Saturday when Charley Hull knocked off world No. 1 Nelly Korda with a shot to take the individual title in the Aramco Team Series. win – her first win since 2019.
Sebastian Soderberg was confused but completely fell apart over the last two holes
The extraordinarily gifted Korda clan did take the top prize, with sister Jessica winning in the team section.
On the PGA Tour, it was as if the clock had gone back seven years when Rickie Fowler was two-stroke ahead of Rory McIlroy going into the final round of the CJ Cup in Las Vegas last night.
Fowler finished second and third when McIlroy won the Open and USPGA Championship in 2014.