Fitzpatrick keeps nerve to win Scandinavian Masters


Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed the second win of his young professional career by storming to victory at the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday.

The 21-year-old went into the final day's play at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club with a five-shot lead and made sure he did not surrender that advantage, posting his best result since finishing tied for seventh at The Masters in April.

Aside from his promising performance at Augusta, it has been a tough year for the Englishman, but an excellent display of putting this week allowed him to finish 16-under par and win by three shots from Lasse Jensen.

Jensen closed with a four-under 68 that included two eagles to seal second place - his best finish on the European Tour - and earn a spot at The Open at Royal Troon in July.

Nicolas Colsaerts was four shots back in third, while home favourites Henrik Stenson and Bjorn Hellgren carded superb rounds of 66 and 67 respectively to finish tied for fourth at 10 under.

Fitzpatrick stretched his lead to six shots as he followed an impressive par save at the first with a 15-foot birdie putt at two.

But Colsaerts birdied the sixth and then got to the green in two shots at the par-five ninth to set up an eagle putt that the Belgian made to trim the deficit to just three strokes.

Fitzpatrick responded with a birdie at the same hole but then dropped a shot at the 10th - where Colsaerts posted a birdie - and led by only two.

However, Colsaerts' poor tee shot and bogey at the 12th proved costly as Fitzpatrick built the gap back up to four with six holes to play with a putt from six feet.

There were no more slip-ups from a composed Fitzpatrick until a bogey at the 18th, by which point the triumph had been all but secured as he recorded a success that will serve as a boost to his Ryder Cup aspirations.