Fitzpatrick Wins Nordea, Second Title in 8 Months
Matthew Fitzpatrick’s early-round dominance paved the way to a 16-under 272, delivering him the Nordea Masters title on Sunday.
It’s Fitzpatrick’s second win on Tour in less than a year. The British phenom won’t turn 22 until September. Fitzpatrick only needed a final-round 71 to win the tournament by three strokes after shooting 68-65-68 in the first three rounds. He recorded only five bogeys throughout 72 holes and had none in shooting 65 on Friday, racking up seven birdies.
Denmark’s Lasse Jensen finished second at -13. He made up five strokes on Fitzpatrick over the final two rounds, carding two eagles on the final day. Ranked just 716th in the world, Jensen qualified for a guaranteed spot in The Open Championship next month.
Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts finished third at 12-under and Henrik Stenson and Bjorn Hellgren tied for fourth at 10-under. It was Stenson’s fourth Top 10 finish in six events on Tour this year, but the Swede has not won on Tour since the end of the 2014 season.
While Fitzpatrick has not had the jaw-dropping early success of his American contemporary Jordan Spieth, his ascension into the arena of top European golfers to watch has been fascinating since he turned pro shortly after the 2014 US Open. He debuted as a professional at the 2014 Irish Open finishing tied for 29th. The majority of his events that year were Challenger level, but his first top 10 finish on a Tour event came the first week of 2015 when he tied for fifth at the South African Open Championship.
Playing the schedule that only a young man would love, he was on the course relentlessly and wound up with eight more Top 10 finishes, including his first victory, appropriately at the British Masters, where he finished 15-under.
He started off the 2016 season a bit slowly until he reached Augusta in April, where his even-par 288 earned him a tie for seventh, not to mention his biggest pay-day to date, €272,507.