England’s Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday, taking his season’s earnings to more than £1million.
Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: “It’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better.
“Winning wire to wire is something most players dream of.
“Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special.
“I have spent a little time with him (they share apparel sponsors) and I would love to get a (congratulatory) text from him.”
Kjeldsen, Zanotti and Lowry were all left to rue missed opportunities on the greens, with Zanotti three-putting the 13th and Kjeldsen and Lowry missing numerous birdie chances.
“I played great today, I really did. But I struggled on the greens,” said Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open in May.
“As well as I played the long game, that’s how much I struggled on the greens.”
In his second tournament since winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry added: “It was another day of playing good golf and holing nothing.
“Woeful putting is the only term I can use. It’s just frustrating and it’s hard. I lost confidence on the greens.
“But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so there a lot of positives to take.”
Graeme McDowell found himself in contention aftera front nine that included an eagle at the seventh but a shocking back nine of five over 41 saw him slip down the field into a share of 30th.
Michael Hoey finished tied for 33rd.