Matt Fitzpatrick looked cool, calm, and collected in his first go-round at Kapalua last year. The Englishman carded 66-69-66-70 to finish T-7th in his quest to become his country’s first Sentry Tournament of Champions winner.
He was tied for second place through 54 holes.
Per Golf Digest, Fitzpatrick credited a tip he got from Jack Nicklaus to adding weight to his grip which helped him play well that week. He gained strokes in every category except for on approach. Fitzpatrick was fifth in the field in putting, gaining 3.357 strokes on the week.
Fitzpatrick is hopeful he hasn’t lost the momentum built up in the fall. The highlight was a win alongside his mom at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, a pro-am event on the DP World Tour.
Fitzy also took T-3rd at the DPWT’s Omega European Masters and T-4th at the Hero World Challenge, a PGA Tour exhibition event. He also finally recorded his first career Ryder Cup point for the victorious European team.
The 29-year-old ranked 11th on the PGA Tour last season in SG: Putting (.525 per round) and was 21st in SG: Total (.921).
He was 68th in driving distance (304.1), which is way up from the beginning of his career. Fitzpatrick is a diligent worker who put a lot of effort into gaining speed to keep up with the bombers.
Fitzpatrick also won in 2023 on the PGA Tour. He picked off a Signature Event, winning the RBC Heritage in a playoff over another guy featured in this week’s power rankings, Jordan Spieth.