The future of British golf looks to be in safe hands after Matthew Fitzpatrick held off the challenge of fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton to win the lucrative DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday, with Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy in the top 10.
With Danny Willett set to defend his Masters title in 2017, the future looks bright and Fitzpatrick has been backed for next year’s Open after collecting his third European Tour title in a little over a year.
Fitzpatrick was still a teenager when he was the leading amateur at the Open in 2013 and won the same prize at US Open the following year. He then made his mark on the majors as a professional last seaon when he finished in tied-seventh postion at Augusta in April.
Several firms have cut him to 50/1 for Birkdale next July, but Bet365 are still offering 100/1. Meanwhile, after finishing fourth on the Race to Dubai and claiming his first career victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews last month, Hatton can also be backed at 100/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power for Open glory.