Matt Fitzpatrick insists his golf game is suited to Augusta National as he sets his sights on better his seventh placed finish at last year’s Masters.
Five birdies in the last seven holes of the final round in Georgia a year ago saw the Sheffield golfer rise to a tie for seventh, something which means a few admiring glances are being cast his way this week as pundits search for a potential winner.
And the 22-year-old himself is confident he has the attributes, and temperament, to follow in the footsteps of fellow Sheffielder Danny Willett and claim the Green Jacket.
“My game is well-suited to Augusta,” Fitzpatrick told Golfworld.
“At first glance, it isn’t too demanding off the tee.
“But it actually is. It’s so important to be in the right position. If you’re not, you are penalised.
“And the same is true on the approach shots.
“Hitting greens isn’t that hard. But you have to be putting from the right spots to have a chance of making birdies.
“My iron play has always been a strength of mine, so I give myself a lot of makeable birdie putts.
“And at Augusta it’s not necessarily about always going for the pin.
“There are six or seven holes on that course where you actually have to play away from the pin a bit.
“That’s especially true on the water holes.
“It’s all about making par on those.
“All of which takes a bit of discipline.
“The natural inclination is always to go for the flag. But I’m pretty good at fighting that temptation.”
This week will be Fitzpatrick’s third appearance in The Masters after first playing as an amateur in 2014.
He heads to Augusta on a decent spell of form after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Dubai Desert Classic, followed by another top 20 finish at the WGC Mexico Championship.
And he was edged out in a play-off after the group stages at the Dell Matchplay late last month.