Tuesday, May 28, 2024
- Advertisement -spot_img
HomeEuropean TourFitzpatrick finishes in style to claim Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters title

Fitzpatrick finishes in style to claim Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters title

The Englishman started the day chasing compatriot Laurie Canter and parred the first 15 holes as his competitors made ground at the legendary Real Club Valderrama.

A three over par back nine put a halt to Canter’s title tilt as Sweden’s Sebastian Söderberg held the lead as he stood on the 17th tee, but a double-bogey, bogey finish on the notoriously difficult closing holes gave Fitzpatrick a clear run for his first victory since last year’s DP World Tour Championship.

Fitzpatrick birdied the 16th and 17th holes to move to six under and tapped in for par on the 18th as he signed for a bogey-free 69 and a three-stroke victory over Söderberg and Australia’s Min Woo Lee.

Canter finished in a share of fourth alongside six others on two under, with just 14 players finishing under par in Sotogrande.

Player Quotes

Matt Fitzpatrick: “Winning around Valderrama is something you want to tick off on the bucket list. To do it in the way that I did, with no bogeys in the final round was extra special.

“I said to Billy (Foster) after about 14 that every putt I had seemed to just be on a little bit of a strange slope or a strange look. I just didn’t really get any that fit my eye. Then we got to 16 and it was a perfect read, just dead straight. It doesn’t get easier than that. Then I saw what happened on the tee. I still felt nervous, despite knowing what was going on. But it gave me the freedom to commit to the shots and keep doing what I was doing.

“The big thing is, I’ve been here enough, Billy has been here more than enough. There isn’t a breather hole out here. 16 is a tough driver, 17, disaster can happen, 18, par is a great score. That was how I felt all day. I felt if I could hang in there, hang around and pick up a couple of birdies if possible, pars were never a bad thing, and that’s what I did.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work on my irons, me and my coach Mike Walker. Maybe I don’t give him enough credit but he’s the best in the business in my opinion. He spends hours and hours looking at my swing, trying to get things right, finding little things we can improve on. There’s so much credit to give to him on the things we’ve worked on and change, to improve them. It showed this week. I felt from about five, after I holed a long one for par, after that every iron shot was a really good swing. I gave myself chances, kept hitting it the fat side of the green. That’s all I could keep doing. Took the pressure off. Didn’t try and chase anything and that was a big factor, that my irons have improved and I’ve got that confidence.”

Final Scores

278 M FITZPATRICK (ENG) 71 68 70 69,

281 S SODERBERG (SWE) 70 69 72 70, M LEE (AUS) 73 71 67 70,

282 J MORRISON (ENG) 72 73 69 68, R FOX (NZL) 70 69 74 69, R ROCK (ENG) 72 68 73 69, F ZANOTTI (PAR) 73 70 70 69, A BJ?RK (SWE) 72 71 70 69, D LIPSKY (USA) 71 75 64 72, L CANTER (ENG) 74 65 67 76,

283 J CATLIN (USA) 73 74 69 67, D GAVINS (ENG) 71 72 72 68, R LANGASQUE (FRA) 69 69 73 72, B WIESBERGER (AUT) 73 70 68 72,

284 N BERTASIO (ITA) 72 71 73 68, A JOHNSTON (ENG) 70 73 72 69, J SMITH (ENG) 73 72 70 69, M SCHWAB (AUT) 74 71 70 69, J HANSEN (DEN) 70 72 72 70,

285 G GREEN (MAS) 74 73 71 67, P LARRAZ?BAL (ESP) 71 72 72 70, T OLESEN (DEN) 72 72 71 70, S JAMIESON (SCO) 72 68 74 71, E MOLINARI (ITA) 75 71 66 73,

286 S V?LIM?KI (FIN) 72 72 73 69, A CHESTERS (ENG) 72 72 72 70, D HORSEY (ENG) 73 72 71 70, T PULKKANEN (FIN) 71 70 74 71, R CABRERA BELLO (ESP) 68 74 73 71, A RAI (ENG) 72 71 72 71, M LORENZO-VERA (FRA) 73 73 69 71, A MERONK (POL) 71 76 68 71, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 71 69 74 72, J GUERRIER (FRA) 67 73 73 73, S GARCIA RODRIGUEZ (ESP) 72 71 70 73, R PARATORE (ITA) 71 70 70 75,

287 J LUITEN (NED) 73 71 73 70, C SHINKWIN (ENG) 74 71 71 71, M KAWAMURA (JPN) 73 72 71 71, W BESSELING (NED) 70 74 71 72,

288 S KJELDSEN (DEN) 70 76 74 68, J CAMPILLO (ESP) 73 71 73 71, D DRYSDALE (SCO) 76 71 70 71, N ELVIRA (ESP) 72 74 70 72, M PAVON (FRA) 74 72 68 74,
289 A QUIROS (ESP) 73 73 71 72, R JACQUELIN (FRA) 69 73 73 74, G COETZEE (RSA) 76 71 68 74,

290 W NIENABER (RSA) 74 71 75 70, J LAGERGREN (SWE) 72 71 73 74, M KINHULT (SWE) 75 72 68 75,

291 S TARRIO (ESP) 74 73 71 73,

292 J HARDING (RSA) 74 73 73 72, M SOUTHGATE (ENG) 71 75 73 73, R MACINTYRE (SCO) 73 74 72 73,

293 J WINTHER (DEN) 74 70 74 75, G FDEZ-CASTA?O (ESP) 77 68 72 76,

294 A OTAEGUI (ESP) 73 72 77 72, J SCRIVENER (AUS) 73 68 77 76,

295 P WARING (ENG) 71 74 78 72, A LEVY (FRA) 75 71 77 72, M KAYMER (GER) 74 73 72 76,

296 M KIEFFER (GER) 74 73 74 75,

297 L GAGLI (ITA) 74 72 72 79,

298 J CALDWELL (NIR) 72 75 77 74,

300 G FORREST (SCO) 74 71 79 76,

*

148 J DONALDSON (WAL) 78 70, J SURI (USA) 72 76, T PIETERS (BEL) 76 72, T BJ?RN (DEN) 75 73, O FISHER (ENG) 76 72, C SYME (SCO) 74 74, D LAW (SCO) 75 73, E PEPPERELL (ENG) 78 70, R MCEVOY (ENG) 76 72, R RAMSAY (SCO) 73 75, K REITAN (NOR) 74 74,

149 N H?JGAARD (DEN) 73 76, O WILSON (ENG) 73 76, N COLSAERTS (BEL) 75 74, Z LOMBARD (RSA) 72 77, E DE LA RIVA (ESP) 74 75, M WARREN (SCO) 75 74, S GALLACHER (SCO) 76 73, V PEREZ (FRA) 78 71, K SAMOOJA (FIN) 77 72, H LI (CHN) 72 77,

150 T DETRY (BEL) 72 78, A WU (CHN) 75 75, D HOWELL (ENG) 71 79, K BROBERG (SWE) 75 75, R BLAND (ENG) 75 75, C WOOD (ENG) 76 74, J SENIOR (ENG) 76 74,

151 R FISHER (ENG) 78 73, G BHULLAR (IND) 82 69, F LAPORTA (ITA) 77 74,
152 S BROWN (ENG) 78 74, S HEND (AUS) 78 74, J RAHM (ESP) 78 74, L BJERREGAARD (DEN) 75 77,

153 A PAVAN (ITA) 78 75, J WALTERS (RSA) 79 74, M KORHONEN (FIN) 76 77, B HEBERT (FRA) 77 76, M ARMITAGE (ENG) 75 78, G STORM (ENG) 73 80, R MCGOWAN (ENG) 78 75, J BALLESTEROS (ESP) 79 74,

154 A ROZNER (FRA) 75 79, S CROCKER (USA) 74 80, J JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 77 77, S SHARMA (IND) 79 75,

155 L SHEPHERD (AM) (ENG) 76 79, M SIEM (GER) 77 78, C PAISLEY (ENG) 82 73, D VAN TONDER (RSA) 77 78,

156 G MIGLIOZZI (ITA) 81 75, P ANGLES (ESP) 76 80,

157 A ARNAUS (ESP) 77 80, V DUBUISSON (FRA) 78 79,

158 J STALTER (FRA) 83 75,

163 M CAMPBELL (NZL) 80 83,

165 H PORTEOUS (RSA) 82 83,

RELATED ARTICLES
- Advertisment -spot_img
- Advertisment -spot_img

Most Popular

professional

- Advertisment -spot_img

Most Popular