Matthew Fitzpatrick gave the perfect response to his Ryder Cup snub by retaining his title at the Omega European Masters with a play-off victory over Lucas Bjerregaard. Fitzpatrick, the 12/1 pre-tournament favourite, fired brilliant rounds of 64 and 63 on Friday and Saturday to put himself into contention in the Swiss Alps.
Bjerregaard piled on the pressure by closing with a 63 of his own, but Fitzpatrick responded with a birdie at the 18th to force a play-off, which he won with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Fitzpatrick was the highest-ranked player on the European points list to miss out on a place in the Ryder Cup team for this month’s match at Le Golf National near Paris.
His disappointment at missing out on automatic qualification was compounded when captain Thomas Bjorn overlooked him for a wildcard pick, preferring instead the greater experience of Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson.
In fairness to Bjorn, Fitzpatrick’s form had tailed off over the summer, with missed cuts at both The Open and the PGA Championship likely to have influenced the Dane’s thinking.
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