No luck involved in Matt Fitzpatrick’s success

Matt Fitzpatrick on his way to victory at the Nordea Masters
Matt Fitzpatrick on his way to victory at the Nordea Masters
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Matt Fitzpatrick says he has proven he is not simply lucky after securing his second career tournament win last weekend.

The Sheffield golfer was superb in his victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, a result which saw him rise to 32nd in the world.

After his maiden triumph at the British Masters last year, Fitzpatrick is pleased to have ‘backed up’ his abilities with a second win.

“To win once, people might say that was lucky but to win twice, people might have a little bit more confidence in you,” he said. “So it’s nice to back that up.”

Though delighted with his triumph, the 21-year-old says any tournament win other than a Major would struggle to match the joy of his win at the British Masters.

He said: “I don’t think anything will compare with that unless I win a major.

“To win in my home country, my first professional win with my family and close friends there, that’ll never be bettered.

“But this is a special one for me as well.”

Fitzpatrick admits he has given up hope of playing in this summer’s Olympic Games – despite his win in Sweden.

He says he does not have the Olympics in Rio even pencilled onto his calendar because of the herculean effort he would need to make the cut.

“I’m well off the Olympic tournament at the minute,” he said.

“I think I’m fifth or sixth, something like that.

“It’d be great to make that but at the moment I’ve not got it planned in my schedule right now because I don’t think I’m going to make it.

“So I’m just concentrating on the regular golf season and do my best each week.”

As it stands, Justin Rose and Sheffield’s Danny Willett will qualify as the male representatives for Team GB.

Chris Wood, Russell Knox and Paul Casey are ahead of Fitzpatrick in the rankings.