SHEFFIELD’S Matthew Fitzpatrick has claimed the biggest pay-day of his fledgling career – for the second time in three events – at the Lyoness Open, in Austria.
After banking almost €60,000 a fortnight ago in the Irish Open, Fitzpatrick missed the cut at the following week’s Nordea Masters in Sweden.
However, the former US Amateur champion responded with three consecutive rounds of 69 and a closing one-under-par 71 at the Diamond Country Club to tie for third with fellow Englishmen Robert Rock and Robert Dinwiddie, each accruing €77,500.
Bristol’s Chris Wood took the title five shots ahead of that trio, and two better than Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Fitzpatrick suffered the jolt of a double bogey five at the second hole on Sunday, having started with a birdie four.
He retrieved the stroke at the fourth hole and added three more birdies, including at the par-5 15th which he played in four every round, with a bogey at 13 the only other blemish.
Wood had to come from five shots down at Atzenbrugg to secure his second European Tour title.
The 27-year-old carded a superb final five-under round of 67 as overnight leader Frenchman Gregory Bourdy collapsed and Cabrera-Bello of Spain also faltered over the turn at the Diamond Country Club.
It was Wood’s first European Tour victory since the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in 2013.