Question Time: Matthew Fitzpatrick

Matthew Fitzpatrick, winner of the U.S. Amateur championship (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
Matthew Fitzpatrick, winner of the U.S. Amateur championship (AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl)
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Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, aged 18, is the first English player to win the US Amateur championship.

What have you been doing today?

Just woke up but will be playing the first round of match play at the US Amateur championship at The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts against Gerrit Chambers.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Golf inspiration probably Mike Walker (my coach) as he is very smart and laid back as well as hard-working at his job.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

It has to be Tiger Woods and I think that goes for every young golfer.

What’s your favourite other sport?

Football.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker probably.

When was the last time you cried?

Ha Ha the other week.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Brother and girlfriend.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Best piece of advice has been work hard at what you do.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

Erm when I got in the England under 16 squad.

But I know I’m still not good enough yet to make it to the top but I still have time on my side.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My phone.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

It was on the 10th tee at Muirfield on my Monday morning practice round at The Open with Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.

The first ‘big’ players I had ever played with.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

A lot of the time.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I use them both and think they are both good but you have to be careful nowadays as the media pick up on evertything!

How do you relax away from sport?

Time with family, friends and my girlfriend. Mainly getting away from golf on a day trip or something.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

Went to London for a couple of days with my girlfriend and yes I would go again.

Or The Open at Muirfield could be classed as a holiday for my family!

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I do cook, I’m not bad at spaghetti bolognese, not sure what my favourite meal is though.

What was the last book you read?

The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters, who works with people like Sir Chris Hoy.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Try and be a football player probably.

Tell our readers in your own words why we’re interviewing you?

I won the silver medal (best-placed amateur) at the The Open Championship this year.

Favourite TV programme?

The Simpsons is always a good one.

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