Matt Fitzpatrick reflects on 2015 and his Ryder Cup hopes
February 4, 2016, 7:34 am    

Matt Fitzpatrick has described 2015 as the best of his life after performing far better than he’d expected in a breakthrough season on the European Tour.

The 21-year-old posted more top-10s than any other player during his rookie campaign, with his season highlight being a two-shot victory and his maiden professional title at the British Masters.
Fitzpatrick started the year outside of the world`s top 400 but is now up to career high world No 43 after following top-15 finishes in the last three Final Series events with strong showings in South African and Thailand.
The Omega European Masters runner-up had also come close at the Lyoness Open and Czech Masters before his victory at Woburn, with Fitzpatrick left delighted by how his year has gone.

"It`s a 10 out of 10 because I`ve exceeded my expectations," Fitzpatrick told Sky Sports News HQ. "It`s the best year of my life and the best year I`ve ever had."
"If I stick to the same plans, work as hard as I did this year and with no changes then hopefully we`ll have the same kind of year next, if not better.
The Sheffield star`s form has seen him widely tipped as a potential player for Darren Clarke`s Ryder Cup team, as Europe head to Hazeltine next autumn chasing a fourth consecutive victory.

Fitzpatrick heads in to the new year third in the European Tour points list and would currently be an automatic qualifier for the 12-man squad, but knows there`s still plenty of work to do for him to secure his place.
"It would mean the world to me," Fitzpatrick added. "Obviously that`s a goal for any professional golfer.
"I`ve certainly given myself a good chance after this year and I`ll hopefully be able to take that in to next year and perform well and try and make the team."


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