Fitzpatrick’s Fast Rise Worth Noting

Your guess is as good as mine if No.1 Jordan Spieth, No. 2 Jason Day, or No. 3 Rory McIlroy is aware that Matthew Fitzpatrick won his first professional title Sunday in England.

After all, Spieth was likely on a long flight home from South Korea following the US’ win in the Presidents Cup; Day headed back down under after losing the same event, and McIlroy likely kicking the ball around the pitch (safely we hope) over in Northern Ireland.

It’s not like Fitzpatrick just beat a legion of all-stars to take the British Masters, but there were plenty of strong names in the crowd and he did run it wire-to-wire to win by 2 strokes.

Three years ago, he was in high school; two years ago he was a college kid in Illinois in the US. Now he’s an European Tour champion, has made more than $1 million in prize money this year, and is just outside the top 10 of the Race to Dubai standings.

Now he’s a living, breathing example of why the Spieths, Days, and McIlroys of the world can never rest on their laurels, never take it easy, never take a long vacation in the off-season.

Because there’s always a Fitzpatrick out there training, learning, figuring things out, and constantly getting better and better. McIlroy learned that lesson this year as he fell from first “all the way” to third in the world rankings as first Spieth and then Day caught fire.

It’ll be a while yet before Fitzpatrick challenges the current big three for any sort of top ranking – he’s still just 111th in the world, but the fact remains that he’s got that first win under the belt, and for the true competitors in the field, that first taste just makes them infinitely hungry for more and more and more.



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