Matt Fitzpatrick ready to face the best in golf at WGC

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Matt Fitzpatrick admits the strength of the field at this weekend’s WGC–HSBC Champions tournament took him by surprise when he arrived in China.

The Sheffield golfer will tee off in his first ever World Golf Championships tournament today alongside a field including Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson.

While impressed with the standard that will be on show in Shanghai, Fitzpatrick says he will take it in his stride as he looks for a strong end to the season.

“I want to enjoy this week,” the 21-year-old said.

“It’s already been a great experience with the brilliant facilities that are on offer here.

“I have to admit, I didn’t really realise the strength of the field but that’s not a bad thing.

“That’s why we play the game – to compete with the best.

“We’ll stick to the game plan we’ve made and execute that as best we can.

“It was a goal of mine to make all four Final Series events and although I didn’t really know what to expect, now I’m here I want to make the most of the experience.”

Fitzpatrick is chasing a top ten finish in the Race To Dubai rankings with three tournaments to go.

After winning the British Masters last month, he sits in 14th place, 157,153 points off tenth spot.

Fitzpatrick begins his tournament at 1.30am on Thursday while fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett tees off at 1.25am.