Matthew Fitzpatrick determined to impress


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Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is determined to impress at The Players Championship this weekend as he tries to climb the world rankings ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup.

The 23-year-old has yet to succeed on the PGA Tour but he does have four European Tour and one Asian Tour victories.

Fitzpatrick, 126.00 to win the tournament, is hoping to lay down a marker ahead of a busy few months.

He has yet to win this season but Fitzpatrick has been working hard with coaches Mike Walker and Pete Cowen.

The world number 38 was last in action at the RBC Heritage, where he finished tied 14th, and he admits some good performances are vital for his Ryder Cup chances.

“You have got to keep up with a lot of things in your game to stay on track,” Fitzpatrick told Sky Sports.

“It is not easy – you travel so much. Sometimes you don’t really want to practice but you know you have got to because someone else is out there practicing.

“Every time I play I am just trying to play as well as I can. But at the same time, I am trying to get enough FedEx Cup points to get unlimited starts on the PGA Tour.

“That is the goal for the time being and maybe try and play a few more events. Hopefully I can do it over the next couple of events.”

After his win at the Wells Fargo Championship, Jason Day is the ante-post joint-favourite this week at 15.00, with Rory McIlroy also available at the same odds.

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