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Matt Fitzpatrick

Who is Matt Fitzpatrick?

He logs ever shot he hits, but who is Matt Fitzpatrick? Take a look at our player profile on the Englishman…

 

Matt Fitzpatrick is a young Englishman on the rise. He is one of just two male players from the country to have won a major championship in the past decade, thanks to his US Open victory.

Fitzpatrick had a successful amateur career, starting with a victory at the Boys Amateur Golf Championship. He made the cut at the 2013 Open Championship as an amateur, going on to win the Silver Medal. That was followed by a victory at the US Amateur Championship at Brookline, and he is one of just two Englishman to have ever lifted the trophy, after Harold Hilton’s victory in 1911.

The Englishman dropped out of college after just a quarter to start his professional career, and he took his first DP World Tour victory in 2015. He won the British Masters at Woburn, and has gone on to win the DP World Tour Championship, the season-ending Rolex Series event in Dubai, twice.

Fitzpatrick’s first win on American soil was also his first major win. He returned to Brookline nine years on from his US Amateur win, and wrote a fairytale story. An incredible approach from a fairway bunker on the 72nd hole helped him to the US Open title. It was followed a year later by wins at the RBC Heritage and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He has ten worldwide professional wins to date.

Matt Fitzpatrick | Player Profile

Personal Information

Name: Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick
Born: September 1, 1994
Nationality: England
Residence: Jupiter, Florida, United States / Sheffield, England

Career

College: Northwestern University
Turned Pro: 2014
Professional Wins: 9
Highest World Ranking: 6 – April 23, 2023

Best Results In Majors

1x Major Champion – 2022 US Open

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T7 (2016)
PGA Championship – T5 (2022)
– US Open – WON (2022)
Open Championship – T20 (2019)

Professional Wins – 10

2015 (1) – British Masters
2016 (2) – Nordea Masters, DP World Tour Championship
2017 (1) – Omega European Masters
2018 (1) – Omega European Masters
2020 (1) – DP World Tour Championship
2021 (1) – Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters
2022 (1) – US Open
2023 (2) – RBC Heritage, Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Achievements and Awards

Mark H. McCormack Medal – 2013

Matt Fitzpatrick | What’s In His Bag?

Fitzpatrick’s bag is a mix of Ping and Titleist, with the TSi3 and the Vokey SM9 wedges from the latter. The G430 Max fairway woods and the i210 iron among the Ping selection.

Read our full article on Matt Fitzpatrick’s bag here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Matt Fitzpatrick

When and where was Matt Fitzpatrick born?

Matt Fitzpatrick was born on September 1, 1994, in Sheffield, England. Fitzpatrick began playing golf at a young age, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Alex, who is also a professional golfer.

When did Matt Fitzpatrick turn professional?

Fitzpatrick turned professional in 2014, after a brief stint at Northwestern University. He qualified for the DP World Tour through Q-School at the end of that year.

How many professional titles has Matt Fitzpatrick won?

As of March 2014, Fitzpatrick has won ten times during his professional career. Those victories include a major championship – the 2022 US Open – along with being a two-time winner of the DP World Tour Championship.

Who is Matt Fitzpatrick dating?

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Matt Fitzpatrick with girlfriend Katherine Gaal, holding the RBC Heritage trophy at Harbour Town Golf Links

Fitzpatrick is in a relationship with Katherine Gaal, a finance and broadcast journalism graduate from Pennsylvania State University. She is a former Miss New Jersey runner-up, and is now a marketing manager, whilst also playing the odd round of golf with the Englishman.

Did you Know?

Youngest Ever Englishman to Win the U.S. Amateur Championship

At just 18 years old, Fitzpatrick won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 2013. With his win in 2013, Fitzpatrick became only the second Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur, after Harold Hilton in 1911, and the youngest ever to do so. Nine years later, Fitzpatrick returned to Brookline and won the US Open.

Family Golf

Alex Fitzpatrick, like his younger brother Matt, is a professional golfer. The pair have both played in the Walker Cup, and thanks to Alex getting through Final Qualifying, both teed it up at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 2023.

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Brothers Matt (left) and Alex Fitzpatrick (right) during the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2023, where the pair teamed up

First Major, First PGA Tour win

FItzpatrick won his first major title at the US Open at Brookline in 2022. The victory was also his first on the PGA Tour, after several wins on the DP World Tour, including two wins in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Data Analysis… To The Extreme

Known for his scientific and analytical approach to the game, Fitzpatrick had logged every single shot he has hit since he was 15. That includes tournament play, pro-ams and even shots hit on the range before and after rounds.

Other Matt Fitzpatrick Articles

A weight has been lifted! Fitzpatrick solves driver woes in bizarre fashion

Matt Fitzpatrick asked brother Alex to play in Zurich Classic in the best way

It’s Fitzpatrick’s time! It’s raining aces at the US Open

What do you think to Matt Fitzpatrick’s career so far? Can the Englishman win more major championships? Let us know with a post on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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