Matt Fitzpatrick is among the handful of big names teeing it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii for the first time.
He typically is resting for the upcoming DP World Tour’s Middle Eastern swing at this stage in the year.
Now, he’s sticking around Hawaii for one more week after playing The Sentry. Fitzpatrick had a solid showing at The Sentry, recording rounds of 69-64-69-68 for T-14th at Kapalua.
He was tidy around the greens, finishing fourth in the field for the week in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (2.779). That’s a good harbinger for Waialae this week where even the sharpest ball strikers will still need to get up and down a time or two.
Fitzpatrick seeks to continue the fine form he flashed to close 2023. He won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the DP World Tour in October and took T-4th in December at the Hero World Challenge, an invite-only PGA Tour exhibition.
Fitzy’s won an event somewhere in the world each of the last four years. Along with the Dunhill, he won last year at the RBC Heritage.
Who could forget his fairway bunker shot on the 72nd hole at Brookline to help seal his 2022 U.S. Open victory?
He’s got one of the best pedigrees of anyone in the field this week. Plus, he’s among the contingent who teed it up last week. He doesn’t have the pressure many players in this field have who are trying to improve their status and work their way into upcoming Signature Events.
Fitzpatrick ranked 21st on the PGA Tour last season in SG: Total (.921). The 29-year-old was 11th in SG: Putting (.525).