Matthew Fitzpatrick says “everything went well today” after he opened up a two-shot lead on day three of the Omega European Masters. The Englishman made five birdies and one eagle to sign for a brilliant seven-under-par 63 on Saturday – the eighth sub-66 round of his 17 rounds at this event – and move into a two-stroke lead on 14.
Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera is in sole possession of second on -12 after carding a six-under-par 64, while Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, China’s Ashun Wu, England’s Daniel Brooks, South African Haydn Porteous and American Doug Ghim are a further two shots adrift.
If Fitzpatrick, who missed out on a place in Europe’s 2018 Ryder Cup team, were to lift the trophy on Sunday, he would become the first player to successfully defend the title since Spanish great Seve Ballesteros achieved the feat in 1978.
The world number 44, whose last victory came at this event last year, was delighted with his round and is hoping to keep things going over the final 18 holes.
“It was really, really good,” Fitzpatrick told the European Tour’s official website. “I would say that everything went well today. I drove it really solid and made some great up-and-downs which has been a bit of a struggle this season to keep the round going.
“There were some real key ones today and that was the difference. It kept the momentum and I managed to kick on.”