Matt Fitzpatrick feels he is heading in right direction

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Matt Fitzpatrick feels he is finally getting to grips with life as a professional golfer.

The 20-year-old secured his highest placed finish as a pro last weekend, finishing second behind fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

And after a difficult first year in the pro ranks, the former world amateur number one says he feels his game is going in the right direction.

“It’s been building for a few weeks now so hopefully I can get over the line at some stage,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s still only my first season on Tour and I’m only 20 so I’m still learning every week.

“Experiences like the one at the weekend will be invaluable in the future.”

Fitzpatrick was locked in a head-to-head tussle with Willett for top spot in Switzerland last weekend, eventually finishing one shot behind his Steel City rival.

The Hallamshire Golf Club member said: “I gave it everything but Danny was very impressive.

“There were a couple of turning points which decided it but I matched him birdie for birdie for the most part.

“I know Danny very well. I’m very pleased for him.”

Willett’s victory took him up to a career high 24th in the world rankings, less than seven months after reaching 50th which saw him qualify for the Masters at Augusta.

His prize money took him past €7million in European Tour official career earnings and the win was his third in 180 European Tour events.