Matt Fitzpatrick28. England Returns to the DP World Tour Championship After winning his first major in June in Dubai, United Arab Emirates he took the Dubai International Cup. the United States Open. He also returns to Dubai after winning the United States Open. the tournament twice, a tie for the The most wins were shared with three other players.
(*3*) Fitzpatrick said. “It’s a tournament I play well, and I enjoy going to it.”
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You will the DP World Tour Championship By one shot in 2016 & 2020. What is your year-end mood?
I’m definitely more relaxed. It’s the End of the season, so it’s a nice time of the year. I’ve had some time off now for These last few weeks are for relaxation and practicing a bit. I’m in good shape. I’m gearing up for it. I’m ready to finish strong.
Rory McIlroy was the winner the tournament twice. The two of you are also fighting it out in DP Tour McIlroy is leading the rankings. What’s your relationship with him?
He’s great. He’s a great guy. Over the years, we have become closer. the The last few years. We don’t play a lot of golf together; I don’t play a lot here. I practice. We have had many good conversations. He’s playing the He is playing the best golf of his entire career. It’ll be a challenge to go up against him. If I had to choose a course on which to play against him, this would it. He’s played well there, also. It’s going to be exciting.
You’re in the Netflix documentary about behind-the scenesthe-scenes life in the PGA Tour. How did filming turn out?
It’s been good. It was nerve-wracking. at first. It’s something so different. They only want natural content. It was hard. at At first, it was difficult to accept their presence. However, as time went on, it became more and more natural. It felt like I had to think hard about what I was going say. But, by the It was over by the end and I was content. It’s not like I was saying anything that was crazy, anyway. You could be yourself.
How did you win? the U.S. Open change you? You gained more confidence after winning it?
It’s definitely a confidence boost. I can win a major over the pressure. I’ve proved that to myself. The big thing is realizing that what I’ve been doing for the My past three to four year experience is enough to get to where I want to be. That’s the That was a big thing that really stood out to my attention. I don’t need to do anything drastic, or change the Way I play the game. I’ve just been slowly chipping away, and it’s paid off.
This year, you have earned a lot of money. You made $7 million this year. That’s almost half your career earnings. How does that impact you?
The big thing for My time is valuable and I am learning to value it. Find what you are looking for. the balance. It’s all new to me. Everything has changed. Sometimes people win majors that change their lives. They’re flying private everywhere. They’re enjoying it too much and forget that they’re still trying to play golf. I’m trying to balance that. I’m making sure I’m still working hard and trying to play golf, as well as switching off, but not getting carried away.
Last year, you were the runner-up. Do you remember a loss like that?
It was a great end. It was a great day. the The whole weekend. That was it. The more I’ve been out here, the The more I let things go, the better.