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Fitzpatrick fights back after poor start

Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on Thursday

Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament on Thursday

Matt Fitzpatrick earned praise from Masters champion Adam Scott after shooting 76 on his first round at Augusta.

Playing alongside Scott, the Sheffield lad got off to a nightmare start with a double-bogey six.

However, the 19-year-old from Hallamshire Golf Club hit back with a birdie on the second and remained one over par until bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 17th meant an opening 76.

“I think he played really well,” Scott said of Fitzpatrick.

“Obviously it was a nervous start and I stood there and thought, ‘That’s what I looked like many times playing the first hole at the Masters.

“But he did hole a great putt for double bogey and that’s exactly what I said to him. I said, “Great putt, get going now.” And he calmed down and he birdied the next and he played fine.”

Fitzpatrick added: “I felt like I played all right. I played well for nine after the first hole but the back nine just trickled away a little bit. Just trying too hard, a few loose shots and it cost me, really.

“When the starter said you will be marking Adam’s card I got a little bit excited, but Adam’s a great guy and a fantastic player.”

 

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