Leading amateur in The Open in 2003, the former British Boys Champion won Walker and Ryder Cup honours in the space of three years and now has five European Tour titles. Last two of those came at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, both in play-offs.
Ended 2016 by representing Europe against the Americans at just 22 and then producing a closing birdie to beat Tyrrell Hatton by one in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Fitzpatrick finished joint 44th on his Open debut and a month later became the first Englishman to lift the US Amateur trophy since 1911, going top of the world amateur rankings as a result. The following June he made the cut at the US Open and then decided to turn professional. In his first full season he had a round of 60 at the KLM Open, four third places, one runner-up finish and, best of all, his maiden victory in the British Masters at Woburn.
His 2016 season also included a tie for seventh at The Masters and his second Tour win at the Nordea Masters, while this March he was runner-up to Francesco Molinari at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.