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Oct 12, 2015

Golf: Woburn wizard Fitzpatrick is tour’s new kid on the block

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – The European Tour can proudly boast the arrival of a highly promising new young kid on the block following Matt Fitzpatrick’s stunning two-shot win at the $4.55 million British Masters.

Clearly the event is not of the same stature as the U.S. Masters but the 21-year-old Englishman was happy to draw comparisons between his victory on Sunday and American Jordan Spieth’s triumph in the year’s opening major in April.

Oct 12, 2015

Woburn wizard Fitzpatrick is tour’s new kid on the block

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – The European Tour can proudly boast the arrival of a highly promising new young kid on the block following Matt Fitzpatrick’s stunning two-shot win at the $4.55 million British Masters.

Clearly the event is not of the same stature as the U.S. Masters but the 21-year-old Englishman was happy to draw comparisons between his victory on Sunday and American Jordan Spieth’s triumph in the year’s opening major in April.

Oct 11, 2015

Young gun Fitzpatrick in shock after Woburn victory

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – England’s Matt Fitzpatrick was in shock after completing a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday at the tender age of 21.

The youngster said the first win of his professional career, coming in his rookie season, had come way ahead of expectation.

Oct 11, 2015

Golf-Young Fitzpatrick’s Matt finish secures Woburn win

WOBURN, England, Oct 11 (Reuters) – European Tour rookie Matt Fitzpatrick, the youngest player in the field, showed the old stagers a thing or two by easing to a two-stroke triumph at the $4.55 million British Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Englishman was locked in an enthralling race for the title with Dane Soren Kjeldsen until pressing the turbo-charge button on the back nine and accelerating away from the field to finish with a 68 and a 15-under total of 269.

Oct 11, 2015

Fitzpatrick’s Matt finish secures British Masters title

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – European Tour rookie Matt Fitzpatrick, the youngest player in the field, showed the old stagers a thing or two by easing to a two-stroke triumph at the $4.55 million British Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was locked in an enthralling race for the title with Dane Soren Kjeldsen until the Englishman pressed the turbo-charge button on the back nine and accelerated away from the field to finish with a 68 and a 15-under total of 269.

Oct 11, 2015

June date would be better for Woburn: Donaldson

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson is delighted that the British Masters is back on the European Tour but would prefer the $4.55 million tournament to have a different slot on the calendar.

The event was first played at Stoneham on the south coast of England in 1946 and has returned to the schedule at Woburn, situated 50 miles north of London, this week following a seven-year absence.

Oct 11, 2015

Golf-June date would be better for Woburn – Donaldson

WOBURN, England, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson is delighted that the British Masters is back on the European Tour but would prefer the $4.55 million tournament to have a different slot on the calendar.

The event was first played at Stoneham on the south coast of England in 1946 and has returned to the schedule at Woburn, situated 50 miles north of London, this week following a seven-year absence.

Oct 10, 2015

Golf-Fitzpatrick stays on course for Woburn record

WOBURN, England, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Matthew Fitzpatrick kept up his hopes of becoming the youngest-ever winner of the British Masters when the 21-year-old ended the third round in a tie for the lead with burly Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat on Saturday.

The Englishman, who has held the lead on his own or shared it throughout this week’s $4.55 million tournament, produced a cool par save at the 18th hole to post a three-under-par 68 for a 12-under aggregate of 201.

Oct 10, 2015

Interview: No dangerous precedent over McIlroy – tour chief

WOBURN, England (Reuters) – The European Tour did not set a dangerous precedent by allowing Rory McIlroy to compete in the Final Series even though he has failed to play the minimum number of 2014-15 events, its chief executive said.

Keith Pelley, who took over from George O’Grady in August, told Reuters in an interview at the British Masters on Saturday that the protocol he observed in making his decision would be applied to everyone else if the situation occurred again in the future.

Oct 10, 2015

Golf-Donald’s perfect riposte after being fired by caddie

WOBURN, England, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Luke Donald provided the perfect response to caddie John McLaren’s decision to sack his golfer when the former world number one shot the joint second lowest round of the week at the British Masters on Saturday.

McLaren said this week that his six-year alliance with the 37-year-old Englishman had simply “run its course” but may live to regret his move after Donald’s third-round 65 put him firmly in contention for the first prize of $755,000.

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