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How the Blades have featured in Matt's golfing success

17 December 2015

Rising international golf star Matt Fitzpatrick has the Blades with him wherever he competes in the world.


The Sheffield United fan - who for years had a season ticket with his family at Bramall Lane - has his initials engraved in red and white on the back of the clubs that have taken him to 46th in the world ranking in his breakthrough season.


Proud Blade Matt, aged 21, in his first full season as a professional after a glittering amateur career, finished third in the Lyoness Open in Austria, second in the Omega European Open behind fellow Sheffield golfer Danny Willet, before winning his maiden European Tour title, the British Masters at Woburn.


"The Blades have certainly helped me along the way since turning professional," said Matt who was at Bramall Lane to shoot a special film with Sky Sports about his remarkable first full year on the professional circuit.


The visit to United by the former Tapton School pupil who is a member at Hallamshire GC, was a chance to meet up with team manager Nigel Adkins who was later to watch him put on display of ball skills - of the footballing kind.


Matt, who was presented with a United home shirt with Fitzpatrick and number 11 on the back, used to play for Hallam Rangers in the Sheffield Junior Sunday League. His stadium visit took in the Legends of the Lane where he presented one of his clubs to Club historian John Garrett. It will feature in a display commemorating United's famous and celebrity fans.


"In terms of golf it has been the best year of my life but I've also had a great afternoon here at Bramall Lane," added Matt, who hopes to be back in the country in time to watch United in action at Old Trafford in the FA Cup 3rd round tie against Manchester United.


The Sky Sports film is expected to be broadcast on Christmas Eve.


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