Fitzpatrick’s 64 Leads British Masters
Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick fired an opening-round 64 to take the Day 1 lead at the British Masters on Thursday.
He’s surrounded by his elders, five of the other players in the top 10 are over the age of 40.
Fitzpatrick had an early bogey and was at even par through four before peeling off back-to-back birdies followed by an eagle 3 on the 538-yard No. 7 to reach the turn at 4-under.
He added three more birdies on the back nine, including 17 and 18, to reach 7-under on the day.
He took a one-stroke lead over Soren Kjeldsen, Lee Slattery, and Robert Karlsson.
Kjeldsen played a bogey-free round with three birdies on the front nine and three more on the back.
Karlsson would have been tied for the lead but he bogeyed 18 after sitting 4-under at the turn and adding birdies on 11, 14, and 15.
Slattery was just 3-under after 15, but rattled off birdies on 16, 17, and 18 to close his round one stroke off the lead.
Host Ian Poulter, the driving force behind the return of The British masters, shot a 3-under 68. He was 4-under through 12 but hit back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15.