20 Ques­tions: Matt Fitz­patrick

Ry­der Cup man Matthew Fitz­patrick talks tennis, Chicago and in­spi­ra­tional coaches

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He talks tennis, Chicago and in­spi­ra­tional coaches.

1 How old were you when you first broke par? I must have been 13 or 14. I can’t re­mem­ber what I shot, but it would have been at my home club [Hal­lamshire GC].

2 High­light of your ca­reer so far? Either win­ning the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship or the US Am­a­teur. The lat­ter is a re­ally big deal, so that means a lot to me.

3 Best shot to date? Hol­ing the win­ning putt at the DP World last year. I would love to have that feel­ing again.

4 One mul­li­gan you could have? Maybe I’ve been lucky, but there’s noth­ing that re­ally stands out or has re­ally cost me. Touch wood that doesn’t change any­time soon.

5 Favourite UK course? Turn­berry. I haven’t played there since all the changes, but I’ve heard re­ally good things. It’s sup­posed to be fan­tas­tic.

6 Favourite US course? Har­bour Town. I just love the lay­out. There are some crack­ing holes, and I re­ally like the area around it as well.

7 Favourite hole I’m a big fan of 7 at Au­gusta. It’s lit­er­ally dead straight but as tight as any­thing and with a se­verely-el­e­vated green.

8 Best scenery in golf? The 7th at Crans-sur-sierre in Switzer­land is un­be­liev­able with the moun­tains in the back­drop. When­ever I play the Euro­pean Masters there, that’s the hole I re­ally look for­ward to.

9 Favourite club in the bag? My ‘Yes!’ put­ter. I’ve had the same model for about eight years now.

10 Favourite non-golf sports event? It’s got to be Wim­ble­don. There’s nowhere bet­ter. I’ve been twice now and I’ll be go­ing again this year.

11 Favourite sports team? Sheffield United.

12 Sports­peo­ple you ad­mire? Tiger was al­ways the one grow­ing up. I’ve al­ways tried to be my own man, but I do re­ally ad­mire my coaches Mike Walker and Pete Cowen. They have great per­son­al­i­ties and are very grounded.

13 And sportswoman? Ser­ena Wil­liams. Her ca­reer has been un­be­liev­able and she’s prob­a­bly the great­est of all time.

14 All-time favourite movie? One of the Bat­man films. The Dark Knight Rises prob­a­bly just shades it.

15 Not to be missed TV show? The Black­list. James Spader is so good.

16 Favourite mu­si­cian/band? Drake.

17 Favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion? Chicago. I went to univer­sity 30 min­utes north of the city. In win­ter it gets a lit­tle bit cold but in the sum­mer it’s awe­some. I go back there a lot.

18 Who would be in your dream four­some? Jose Mour­inho, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son and I’d prob­a­bly bring my dad along too.

19 Best mate on Tour? Martin Kaymer. We’re good pals and he’s pretty down to earth.

20 Your dream Tour four­ball? Jack Nick­laus, Tiger and prob­a­bly Ben Ho­gan. I’d part­ner with Tiger, but I do think Jack is the great­est. He won 18 Ma­jors; you can’t ar­gue with that.

‘The 7th at Crans-sur-sierre in Switzer­land is un­be­liev­able with the moun­tain back­drop’

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