Work to do for Matt Fitzpatrick at European Masters

Matt Fitzpatrick has work to do if he is to make a second consecutive successful defence of the Omega European Masters title.

Thursday, 29th August 2019, 17:51 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th August 2019, 22:07 pm
Matthew Fitzpatrick of England looks on after playing a shot in the rough on day one of the Omega European Masters

The Sheffield golfer endured a slow day in Crans Montana, Switzerland as he carded a one under par 69 to leave himself six shots off overnight leaders Matthias Schwab and Mike Lorenzo-Vera.

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Fitzpatrick looked to be making decent progress after a birdie on the ninth left him one under, but a double bogey on 12 left him with ground to make up.

Back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 were followed by a bogey but a three on the par four 17th would ensure he finished the day under par.

Fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willett – another former winner after a triumph in 2015 when Fitzpatrick finished second – also endured an up-and-down day with four bogeys and five birdies seeing him finish the first round alongside Fitzpatrick on one under.