Sheffield golfers in prime position for Ryder Cup


By Christopher Lewis @chrisellewis95

Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick are in prime position for maiden Ryder Cup berths after 12 months of outstanding play.

Willett, 28 years old, and Fitzpatrick, 21, have helped put Sheffield on the golfing map as they have emerged not just as two bright prospects but as two of the world’s best players.

Willett, the older of the two, has been touted as a potential star for a while now but is finally realising his potential in a big way.

Willett came out victorious in a star studded field last week in the Dubai Desert Classic for his third win since the start of last year.

The victory puts Willett at 13 in the world rankings and put him not only in great position to secure Ryder Cup status but also in great position to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Fitzpatrick meanwhile is still considered to be the best young English talent since Justin Rose, producing world class golf despite his tender age.

The 21-year-old won the inaugural edition of the newly revamped British Masters last year amidst huge hype and pressure from a hungry fan base and a quality field.

The victory confirmed to the world that Fitzpatrick was going to be one of the world’s best players for a long time to come.

Currently ranked third and fourth respectively on the European Points Qualifying List for the Ryder Cup, Willett and Fitzpatrick are only being outdone by the magnificent form of Andy Sullivan and routine brilliance from Rory McIlroy.

As it stands, both players would be in the team to travel to Minnesota in September.

One Sheffield golfer qualifying for the Ryder Cup would be a feat, but two players making the team would rank among some of the greatest achievements in Sheffield’s decorated sporting history.

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