How Matthew Fitzpatrick & Tyrrell Hatton can keep British golf on top

matthew-fitzpatrick-tyrrell-hatton-sport24x7Compared with many modern sportsmen Matthew Fitzpatrick maintains modest motoring standards, but there is no doubting his place in the fast lane to golfing success.

The personable 22-year-old from Sheffield is now unquestionably Britain’s brightest young talent in the men’s game, following last Sunday’s thrilling triumph in the DP World Tour Championship.

And the same can be said of 20-year-old Charley Hull, who claimed the women’s Tour Championship title with her maiden LPGA triumph in Florida.
A final round 66 secured a two-stroke victory that will surely have a springboard effect on the Northamptonshire player’s already highly promising young career.

Fitzpatrick is at the vanguard of a crop of homegrown men’s talent ready to muscle in at the top of the sport. The list also includes High Wycombe’s Tyrell Hatton, who Fitzpatrick pipped to the season-ending crown.

And so, two years to the day after he earned his European Tour card, Fitzpatrick was able to celebrate his third title, following successes at the 2015 British Masters and this year’s Nordea Masters.

He is the youngest Englishman to achieve a hat-trick of Tour wins, surpassing Sir Nick Faldo’s record, which was set at the start of what proved the greatest British career in the modern era.

Fitzpatrick, who was driving a Ford Mondeo at the time of his debut win, turned his back on offers to drive flashier models as his career began to blossom because they might be targeted by thieves.

“So, I’ve got a very nice BMW 3 Series,” he smiled in the wake of his Dubai triumph which, with a bonus for finishing sixth in the Race to Dubai, netted him around £1.3m.

There is a sense that the riches flowing his way are unlikely to turn Fitzpatrick’s head. Despite his apparent youthful innocence, this former US Amateur Championship winner has honed a steely determination.

It has helped make him a formidable competitor, surely capable of challenging for the game’s biggest prizes.

Sensibly, he has eschewed overtures from the leading club manufacturers to be able to use the equipment of his choice. It has meant he has been able to stick with the putter that has proven so reliable through his fledgling career.

With no contractual obligations to fulfil, he has also been able to swap drivers in recent weeks and arrived upon one that gave him the extra yardage that is so vital on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Despite popular perceptions, this relatively slight figure has been growing in stature off the tee in recent times. “In the past three months, I have been working very hard in the gym,” Fitzpatrick said.

“And that has paid off as well.”