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Fitzpatrick's breakthrough at Woburn

Matthew Fitzpatrick confirmed his status as British golf’s rising star by claiming his maiden European Tour title in style with a two shot victory in the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

The 21 year old had the luxury of being able to bogey the closing hole for his second consecutive round of 68 to finish on 15 under par, with WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Shane Lowry (67), Denmark’s Søren Kjeldsen (69) and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti (69) sharing second place on 13 under par.

The tournament was a huge success on its return to The Race to Dubai after a seven year absence, attracting crowds of nearly 60,000. It aimed to attract a new young audience to the game, so it was in many ways fitting that the youngest player in the field triumphed on home soil.

The former US Amateur Champion, who had previously had four top three finishes in 2015, bogeyed the third hole, but hit back with five birdies to claim the first prize of €671,549.

Tournament host Ian Poulter closed with a round of 72 to finish on four under par in a share of 33rd position, before helping to hand over the trophy to Fitzpatrick.

“It doesn't really get much better than this I guess. I don't really know what to say. It's just been an unbelievable day, and to top it off with a win, it's certainly made the year a lot better I guess.

“This year my goal was to keep my card, and to be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do that after the start of my year. But I managed to start playing well and making more cuts and just picking up cheques, and then the past two months, I guess, I really got going. I made a lot of money and was able to secure my card in The Race to Dubai. It's great.”

Marcus Fraser led the Australians when he finished in a share of 5th after very impressive weekend rounds of 67 and 67.

The finish moves Fraser to 58th in the Race to Dubai and after an indifferent run in recent months he appears back on track.

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