Matt Fitzpatrick earns European Tour card for 2015

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Matt Fitzpatrick held his nerve to secure a much sought-after European Tour card for next year.

The 20-year-old Sheffield ace was well-placed in the hunt for a top 25 finish at the final qualifying stage at PGA Catalunya.

And he produced an excellent four under par round of 68, finishing strongly with three birdies in his last five holes, to comfortably earn a place on the European Tour for 2015.

The former US Amateur champion has now fully justified his decision to turn professional earlier this year.

Questions were asked when the Hallamshire GC member joined the paid ranks following this year’s US Open with several commentators suggesting he should have continued his development as an amateur.

But he followed up a string of solid performances on the Challenge Tour with a highly consistent performance over six intense days at the Q School final qualifying stage to earn his card.

Fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett made a strong start to the final European Tour event of the year in Dubai.

Willett fired a three under par 69 to finish the first round tied for seventh at the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The 27-year-old is three shots off the lead, shared by Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry.

Willett tees off for his second round at 8.10am today alongside Edoardo Molinari.