Fitzpatrick crowned British Masters champ at Woburn

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Four birdies in the final seven holes helped fire Matthew Fitzpatrick to victory at the British Masters at Woburn on Sunday.

Going into the final day tied with the leading group, the 21-year-old from Sheffield showed no signs of the pressure getting to him as he posted a fourth round score of 68 on his way to a 15 under par finish - enough to beat Shane Lowry, Soren Kjeldsen and Fabrizio Zanotti, all tied on -13.

Fitzpatrick, who only turned professional last year, shot to the top of the leaderboard on opening day on Thursday with a sensational round of 64.

And the victory earns Fitzpatrick, ranked 111 in the world, exemption on the European Tour until 2017.

“The fans were incredible and I can’t thank them enough,” Fitzpatrick said. “My family have been incredible, I can never thank them enough.”

His triumph also puts him top of the fledgling points table for next September’s European Ryder Cup team.

He added: “I would love to be a part of that team. I was speaking to (captain) Darren (Clarke) the day before yesterday about it and he said, ‘you just need to get a little bit more money on the order of merit’.

“I might have to send him a text later saying, ‘I’m trying’.”