For many in the sport, the Masters is the best week of the year. There's an undeniable aura that surrounds the tournament, a sentiment aided by the beauty of Augusta National, the litany of traditions, the rites of spring, all that sappy jazz. So when the green jacket's awarded Sunday night, it's a bit of a letdown, as we have to wait another year for its magical return.
That is, unless your Matthew Fitzpatrick. For him, the fun is just beginning.
Fitzpatrick, the rising 22-year-old star from England, has a curious choice for his favorite week of the golf season, at least according to his Twitter account:
Listen, we love Harbour Town and Hilton Head Island. The course presents a unique challenge to the modern pro, one of the few venues that emphasizes accuracy and course management over distance and aggressiveness. The community promotes a quaint, reserved ambience, and the island itself is a scenic, serene landscape.
Keeping that in mind, it's an odd pick from Fitzpatrick, yes? There is a lack of pressure this week, at least compared to the burdens associated with majors, and perhaps Fitzpatrick -- one of the shorter hitters in the game -- feels symbiotic with Harbour Town's precision-over-power demands.
Whatever's driving his affinity, don't be surprised if Fitzpatrick contends at this week's RBC Heritage. Though he's 4,000 miles from England, he clearly feels at home.