Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick wants to be world's best, starting with Masters win
Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick has revealed his ambition to become the best professional golfer in the world and win multiple majors.
Speaking ahead of The 2021 Masters which begins on Thursday, the 26-year-old six-time European Tour winner, who is ranked sixteenth in the world, said he felt he has a chance of claiming his first PGA Tour win at Augusta.
He told a national newspaper: “The plan is to try and get to world No 1 and win multiple majors.
“The goals are 100 per cent the same. They don’t change until you achieve them.”
In 2013, Fitzpatrick, then 18, became the first Englishman to win the U.S. Amateur in more than 100 years.
He has made every cut at the Masters since 2016 when he had his career-best major finish at T7. His first appearance at the tournament came two years previously, aged just 19.
Fitzpatrick said: “Then, it was just a case of purely playing and enjoying it and seeing where golf could take me.
“Now, I have that feeling more like I belong. I can compete against the best guys and arguably have the chance to go to Augusta and win. That’s an amazing feeling.”
Success for Matt would mean more good news for the his family after younger brother Alex was chosen to represent Great Britain and Ireland in next month’s Walker Cup in Florida.
Another promising Sheffield golfer, Barclay Brown, was also picked alongside Ben Schmidt from Rotherham.
Alex, 22, has since declared his intention to turn professional after he completes his studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina in two years’ time.
Last month the younger Fitzpatrick won a collegiate tournament to qualify for The Valspar Championship, a PGA event in Tampa, Florida, which he plans to play in next year.
He told the Wake Forest Men’s Golf website: "Any golfer would want to play on the PGA tour and to have the chance to play my first one, and hopefully my brother will be playing in it, so I'll get to play my first one with him.
"That's something I've always wanted to do. So hopefully it will be a lot of fun and an amazing experience."