It might have been a disappointing weekend for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Team at The Los Angeles Country Club, but a couple of former competitors – and USGA champions – got into the winner’s circle over the weekend on their respective tours.
Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England, the 2013 U.S. Amateur champion who competed in the 2013 Match at National Golf Links of America, claimed the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, while two-time Walker Cup competitor Colin Montgomerie (1985 and 1987), of Scotland, the 2014 U.S. Senior Open champion, won the PGA Tour Champions event in Japan.
Fitzpatrick, 23, closed with a 6-under 64 on Sunday to close a four-shot deficit with Scott Hend, and then defeated the Australian in a three-hole playoff for his fourth European Tour victory. Fitzpatrick, who posted a 3-1 record in the 17-9 loss in 2013, finished at 14-under 266 at Crans-Sur Sierre Golf Club.
The victory also made Fitzpatrick the youngest player to reach four victories on the European Tour. It was his first win on the circuit since last year’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.