Matthew Fitzpatrick closing in on world's top 50 after Woburn heroics
Last Updated: 14/10/15 4:02pm
British Masters champion Matthew Fitzpatrick admits his exploits this year have exceeded all expectations.
The 21-year-old, the youngest member in the field at Woburn, moved into the world's top 60 after his wire-to-wire victory over the weekend.
The winner's cheque for £500,000 took the Sheffield golfer's earning for the year to over £1m but he insists just keeping his card for next season was his main goal at the start of the campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Fitzpatrick, who had two shots to spare over Soren Kjeldsen, Shane Lowry and Fabrizio Zanotti on Sunday, said: "My goal now is to get into the world's top 50.
"If that happens it will be amazing. My target was just to keep my card and I really have blown that out of the water now.
"It still really hasn't sunk in yet. It felt very surreal the day after, but it was fantastic to have my family there to see me win my first professional tournament.
"A lot of doors are open for me now, quite a few things are changing and I just have to stay focussed and keep taking it week by week.
"If I make it into the top 50 by the end of the year it will mean a trip back to Augusta for the Masters plus various other things that I will get to play in. Hopefully I can do it and I am looking forward to the challenge.
Despite jumping 52 places to 59th in the world following his Woburn heroics, Fitzpatrick says he has not given much thought to playing his way into Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup team next year.
Clarke will skipper the European team at the Eurasia Cup next year in preparation for Hazeltine and Fitzpatrick is keen to be part of the side heading for Kuala Lumpur in January.
"I can't say the Ryder Cup is in the back of my mind at the moment," said Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur title in 2013. "The Eurasia is something I was definitely trying to work my way into, but the Ryder Cup?
"I'll see if it comes with how I play. I just have to keep playing well and you never know."