Before Jordan Spieth became Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick had the pedigree to become the next big thing in golf, the challenger to Rory McIlroy.
While Spieth has been winning Majors across the pond, Fitzpatrick, who won’t turn 21 until September 1, has steadily put together a solid sophomore season, with three Top 10 finishes this year including a tie for third at the Lyoness Open last month.
Fitzpatrick overcame two bogeys in his first six holes on Saturday to post a 6-under 64, tying countryman Danny Willett for the lead at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
Fitzpatrick fired five birdies on the back nine Saturday to reach 12-under and over the first three rounds is 10-under on the back nine.
After tying the course record with his 65-62 – 127 over the first two days, Willett came back down to earth with a 1-over 71 on Saturday, staggering out of the gate with a bogey-birdie-bogey-double bogey sequence. He hit the turn at 1-over, bogeyed 10 and 11, then pulled out an eagle 3 on the par-5, 516-yard No. 15 to get back to one over.
France’s Raphael Jacquelin shot a 68 to reach 10-under, the only other man to be double-digit strokes through 54 holes.
Defending champion David Lipsky is fourth at 9-under after firing a 69. Lipsky is trying to become the first man to repeat as champion here since Seve Ballesteros did so in 1977 and 1978 when the event was called the Swiss Open.