Matt Fitzpatrick heads into the Masters coming off the best year of golf in his young career. European captain Darren Clarke selected Fitzpatrick to represent Europe in the 2016 Ryder Cup. The former Wildcat also held the lead after 18 holes at the Arnold Palmer Championship at Bay Hill before finishing T13. After winning the Nordea Masters and the DP World Tour Championship, Fitzpatrick has risen to No. 31 in the world.
This will be Fitzpatrick's third Masters; he played as an amateur in 2014 after qualifying for the tournament by winning the 2013 US Amateur, where he missed a 10-foot putt for par that cost him another two days of golf. Last year, Fitzpatrick shot a 67 on Sunday, tied for the best score of the day. That vaulted the 22-year old up the leaderboard, where he finished in a tie for seventh.
Fitzpatrick spent just one quarter at Northwestern before leaving school to pursue golf full time. He turned pro after the winning the low amateur medal at the 2014 US Open. Inside NU caught up with Fitzpatrick that year and discussed his decision to leave school.
Fitzpatrick is paired with 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth and 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer. They'll tee off at 10:34 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:41 p.m. on Friday.
How to Watch
The Masters is known for having some of the skimpiest TV coverage of any major sporting event.
ESPN will have live TV coverage from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on both Thursday and Friday.
CBS will have a live stream from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at CBSSports.com.
You can live stream "Amen Corner," the nickname given to Holes 11-13, from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on The Masters' website.
The Masters website will have coverage from Holes 15 and 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, and show featured groups from 9:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fitzpatrick has played in six tournaments in 2017, finishing among the top 20 in four of them. He hasn’t been playing his best golf lately, but the young Brit is playing far better than he did before last year’s Masters. Fitzpatrick has valuable experience at Augusta and with a round of 67 under his belt, he has proven to himself that he can go low. The Sheffield native led the entire 2016 Masters field with a 75% Greens in Regulation. His iron play is terrific, and if Fitzpatrick putts as well as he’s capable of, don’t be surprised to see the former Wildcat on the leaderboard on Sunday.
Vegasinsider.com has Fitzpatrick at 65/1 to take home the green jacket. He was 250/1 last year.