Matt Fitzpatrick hopes to use his knowledge of the Dubai Earth Course ‘like the back of my hand’ as the Englishman tries to end the season by crowning Europe’s number 1
- Matt Fitzpatrick feeling optimistic ahead of DP World Tour Championship
- He has to win the final event of the Race to Dubai to claim the all-season title.
- Americans Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel also seek to make history
The odds may be prohibitive for one of the three Englishmen to deny either of the two Americans their place in history here this week, but Matt Fitzpatrick is certainly up to the challenge. “I really like my chances,” said the Sheffield man.
Like Tyrrell Hatton and Paul Casey, Fitzpatrick has to win the final event of the Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship, and wait for the favors of Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel to claim the all-season title.
Besides the intrigue, there’s the fact that the English trio are all Middle Eastern specialists; among them, they are the holders of the three most important tournaments played in the region.
Matt Fitzpatrick is optimistic for the DP World Tour Championship this week
So it’s not surprising that Fitzpatrick, 27, is optimistic. Not only is he the defending champion this week, he also won the tournament in 2016, with Hatton runner-up.
In fact, if you had to choose one place for him to hunt down the Americans, it would be the Field of Earth.
“It’s funny, when I first played it, people said it would be too long for me, but I’m pretty good with my long irons and the greens are so pure,” he reasoned.
Fitzpatrick believes that it is a course that favors those who have learned its tricks and mysteries, and Morikawa has played it only once, and Horschel is making his debut.
“I know this like the back of my hand and I feel very comfortable here,” Fitzpatrick said. That has to count in my favor.
Fitzpatrick has to win the final event of the Race to Dubai, the DP World Tour Championship
Fitzpatrick needs the favors of Collin Morikawa (pictured) and Billy Horschel to win the title
There’s also the fact that he’s chasing two Americans and we’re just weeks away from beating Europe at the Ryder Cup, where Fitzpatrick was knocked out.
“It would be nice to prevent one of them from becoming the first American to earn our order of merit,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
After Whistling Straits, it has been good to see the victories of Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland and myself in the last few weeks. It would be great to be able to say on Sunday: this is for Europe! ‘
It’s a long shot. Even with the win, Fitzpatrick would need Morikawa to finish worse than ninth and Horschel worse than sixth. Hatton and Casey face similar scenarios.
The smart money is in the American duo, then, with Morikawa in pole position to continue his remarkable assault on the record books.