Matthew Fitzpatrick believes his game is in great shape to compete at this week’s DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
The 23-year-old scored the biggest win of his career 12 months ago, overcoming his compatriot Tyrrell Hatton in a thrilling final round duel and he’s excited about his form, having followed victory in September’s European Masters with six straight top 15 finishes.
“My game’s trending nicely,” he said ahead of Thursday’s first round. “I’ve been playing really solid in the last nine weeks and it would be nice to peak again this week.”
At 7,675 yards the Gerg Norman designed course has always favoured big hitters, making the Englishman’s victory last year something of a surprise, if not to the man himself.
“I think the way that the golf course plays and the way the holes are shaped, I don’t feel like it plays 7,700 yards,” he insisted.
“Obviously the referees move the tees up and stuff like that, but I just think where certain bunkers are placed, it doesn’t really play that length. If it’s as dry and firm as it was last year and the ball runs a long way, it’s not too bad.”
In addition to the tournament title, there is also the Race to Dubai rankings prize up for grabs this week. Tommy Fleetwood is in pole position, chased by Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
Fitzpatrick assessed the merits of his fellow Englishmen: “I played with Tommy in Italy and he shot 7-under. He just drove it very steady, and hit his irons really, really good. I think that’s his big thing this year is he’s really sort of hit his irons great.
“Justin’s similar. Drives it long and straight, then he’s a fantastic iron player. I played with him in 2014 U.S. Open and me and my caddie at the time came off and just said that he had an unbelievable iron game.”