It’s a new and exciting time in the world of UK golf. We lay claim to the current Masters Champion, the Olympic Gold Medalist as well as the World Number 2. With the newest breed of players starting to hit their stride we take a look at two golfers we believe will be the driving force in keeping England at the top of world golf for years to come – Sheffield’s Matt Fitzpatrick
and Kettering’s Charley Hull
has been a player worth keeping an eye on for some time. First properly entering our radar in 2013 when the then 17-year-old became the U.S. Amateur Champion and the Open Championship Silver Medalist. Last weekend Fitzpatrick earned the biggest win of his career securing the season-ending DP World Tour just 1-stroke ahead of Tyrrell Hatton.
The 22-year-old’s third European Tour title came exactly two years after he earned his Tour card. Making the event a truly special experience for the young golfer.
“Words can’t describe it. It’s not going to sink in for a while,” said Fitzpatrick afterwards. “It’s been a special year and then to end it like this with a win is amazing.”
Fitzpatrick already seems poised for greatness, surpassing Sir Nick Faldo’s record to become the youngest three-time English winner on the European Tour. The Under Armour
player finished the season 6th in the Race to Dubai Standings and is currently 29th in the World Rankings.
His latest win gives Fitzpatrick a five-year exemption on the European Tour and he hopes will be the catalyst in securing his PGA Tour card so he can begin to properly attack the American circuit as well.
Telling Sky Sports News, “I think [DP World Tour is] the biggest victory of my career so far. It gives me plenty of confidence now to push on for next year.”
Adding, “Hopefully I’ll give myself a good chance and eventually be able to play on both tours.”
We’re pretty sure Fitzpatrick will be dominating Sundays in the U.S. in no time!
The same weekend Fitzpatrick won the DP World Tour Kettering’s own Charley Hull
secured her first LPGA title, winning the Tour’s season-ender the CME Group Tour Championship. The 20-year-old proved she can handle big-time pressure, holding her nerve to beat South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu by 2-strokes.
Hull’s bogey-free final round at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida helped her finish with a tournament record 19-under-par. Giving the young golfer further confidence in her game amongst a growing number of young stars including World Number One Lydia Ko and major winner Brooke Henderson.
“It’s wicked to do this at 20,” Hull said after last Sunday’s win. “Ariya [Jutanugarn] has had a great year; Lydia [Ko]; Brooke [Henderson]. It feels good to be now one of the young ones that have won.”
It was a well-deserved win for Hull whose last victory was at the 2014 Lalla Meryem Cup on the Ladies European Tour. The 2015 LPGA Rookie has fought hard all season racking up five-top-10 finishes including T2 at this year’s ANA Inspiration, narrowly missing out on her first major title.
“This is a big win to end the year with, it’s nice to have that under my belt and I feel really confident for the majors next year,” said Hull. “I always seem to play pretty decent in the majors, and it’s usually just one bad round I have over the four days. Hopefully I’ve ironed that out, and I’ve had some really good scores over the last couple of weeks, so I’m really looking forward to next year now.”
2016/2017 looks set to be interesting for both these players and we can’t wait to see the enthusiasm and talent they will be bringing to the Tours. Genuine ability combined with solid charisma make Fitzpatrick and Hull perfect ambassadors for the next generation of golfers in the UK. We’re looking forward to seeing more English major winners in the future and are pretty sure these are the two to deliver!