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Fitzpatrick wins second European Tour title at Nordea Masters

Fitzpatrick closing in on Ryder Cup spot (Photo: Getty Images )
Matthew Fitzpatrick won his second European Tour title in the Nordea Masters after easing to a three-shot victory over Denmark’s Lasse Jensen at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockholm.

The 21 year old Englishman came into the final day with a five-shot advantage, and while he saw that cut to two by a charging Nicolas Colsaerts around the turn, he kept his head on the back nine to sign for a round of 71 and a 16 under par aggregate winning total. 

Fitzpatrick notched ten top ten finishes in his rookie season in 2015, including victory at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, and this latest victory will go a long way towards securing his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine National in the autumn.

“I’ll never forget my first win, but this is a special one for me as well,” said Fitzpatrick. “To win once, people might say that was lucky but to win twice and people might have a little bit more confidence in you. So it’s nice to back that up.

“It’s great to see some of those names on the trophy, like Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald. It’s brilliant. I think I noticed Tony Jacklin’s name on there as well, and there’s some great foreign players as well, so I’m delighted." 

Jensen not only claimed his best European Tour result as he finished a shot clear of Colsaerts in second, but the Dane also earned a place in the field for the Open Championship at Royal Troon in July with a closing 68.

For Colsaerts, it was a second top three finish in four events as he returns to his best after a disappointing 2015, but his hopes of claiming a spot at the Open Championship disappeared when his tee shot on the par three 17th hole found the water.

Home favourite and World Number Six Henrik Stenson fired the lowest round of the day with a 66 to finish on ten par under alongside fellow Swede Bjorn Hellgren, with England's Ross Fisher a shot further back.

The leading Australian was Richard Green who finished 48th while Scott Hend was 59th.

The European Tour now heads to Atzenbrugg in Austria for the Lyoness Open.





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