Can brotherly love prevail at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans?
Brooks Koepka and Chase Koepka were never able to claim the title, but the Fitzpatricks could very well do it this year.
We’ll start with Matt.
The 28-year-old Englishman is the reigning U.S. Open champion who just beat a loaded field at last week’s RBC Heritage. It was a great sign for someone who dealt with a neck injury for the early part of the year and finally looks like he’s rounding into form.
Next, we’ll go to Alex. The 24-year-old was a standout collegian at Wake Forest. He turned pro last summer and has bounced around a few different tours looking to find his footing.
Alex has seven made cuts on the DP World Tour since 2022, including T-13th at the Cazoo Open de France and T-15th at the Portugal Masters.
His last start recorded for Official World Golf Ranking points was a T-9th at The Challenge presented by KGA on the Challenge Tour.
The two brothers have different personalities with Alex a bit more outgoing and free-wheeling and Matt more measured and deliberate.
They do get along well, though, as we saw in the Full Swing Netflix documentary.
Matt asked Alex to play in amusing fashion, per Golf.com. He cheekily posted in their family’s group chat if Alex was free April 17-23.
Alex asked why, unsure what Matt could be proposing.
Matt asked if ‘We playing the Zurich then?’ and Alex obliged.
Alex caddied for Matt when Matt won the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club, the same place Alex was on site cheering when Matt won the 2022 U.S. Open.
After being on the sidelines for Matt’s success, it’d make for a cool story if the two can share in their success. Not to mention, it’d give Alex PGA Tour status he currently lacks.