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ENGLAND'S Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters yesterday, taking his season's earnings to more than PS1million.

Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland's Shane Lowry.

The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: "It's unbelievable. It's not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better.

"Winning wire to wire is something most players dream of. Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special."

Fitzpatrick insisted he did not feel he had his 'A' game this week, revealing he had phoned coach Mike Walker after each of the first three rounds, despite leading after an opening 64 and sharing the lead on Friday and Saturday.

"We were just trying to fix a couple of things and today I probably hit it the best I have all week," added Fitzpatrick, who moves to 12th in the Race to Dubai and top of the early Ryder Cup qualifying standings.

The first prize of PS500,000 will certainly fund a replacement for his four-year-old Mondeo, with Fitzpatrick's dream car - an Ascari A10 - costing around PS425,000.

The victory also lifts Fitzpatrick from 111th in the world rankings to within sight of his goal of a place in the top 50 to secure a return to the Masters in April.

After winning the US Amateur title in 2013, Fitzpatrick played alongside defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA winner Jason Dufner at Augusta in 2014, missing the halfway cut by a shot.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2015
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