Who is Matt Fitzpatrick?
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, and it was followed a year later by a win at the RBC Heritage. He has nine worldwide professional wins to date.
Matt Fitzpatrick | An Overview
Name: Matthew Thomas Fitzpatrick
Born: September 1, 1994
Residence: Jupiter, Florida, United States / Sheffield, England
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
– Masters Tournament – T7 (2016)
– PGA Championship – T5 (2022)
– US Open – WIN (2022)
– Open Championship – T20 (2019)
Professional Wins – 9
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 (1) – RBC Heritage
Achievements and Awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal – 2013
Matt Fitzpatrick | What’s In His Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9º – A1 Surefit, Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Raw Orange 65 TX shaft)
Fairway Wood: Ping G430 Max (15º; Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Orange 75 TX shaft)
Irons: Ping i210 (4; Ping CFS X 115g shaft), Ping S55 (5-PW; Ping CFS X 115G shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (52º-12F; True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 shaft / 56°-08M; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shaft, respectively), Titleist Vokey Design Wedge Works (60º-T; True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 shaft)
Putter: Bettinardi BB1 Fitz (345g, with a custom face milling)
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Shoes: Skechers Go Golf Pro Hyper 5
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.
Fitzpatrick’s older brother Alex is also a pro golfer
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.
First Major Win was also 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.
Fitzpatrick still awaiting first Ryder Cup win
Fitzpatrick has had the honor of representing Team Europe in the prestigious Ryder Cup twice, but he is yet to win a match in the competition. He featured for Europe in both 2016 and 2021, both on American soil.
Fitzpatrick logs every single shot he hits
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.
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. Fitzpatrick turned professional in 2014, after a brief stint at Northwestern University.
Who is Matt Fitzpatrick dating?
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.
Who are some of the golfers that Matt Fitzpatrick is often compared to?
Due to his strategic approach to the game, Matt Fitzpatrick is often compared to golfers like Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth.
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