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Fitzpatrick enjoying Dubai challenge

24th January 2019, 18:24 by Jack Ogalbe

Matthew Fitzpatrick says he feels comfortable in his surroundings after taking the first-round lead at the Dubai Desert Classic.

The Yorkshireman finished with four straight birdies on his way to a 65 at Emirates GC, and with four other shots gained elsewhere and just a single bogey on his card, he eventually signed for a 65.

That places Fitzpatrick one shot clear of a group of eight players, including 2017 winner Sergio Garcia, and on a congested leaderboard there are eight more on five-under and a dozen competitors three off the pace.

More perfect scoring conditions are expected in Friday's second round and after tinkering with both his game and equipment, the 24-year-old says he feels in a good place in the desert.

Fitzpatrick said: "It was obviously a great finish to the round. A couple of things that I've been doing in the off-season sort of looked to have paid off a little bit.

"I just added a bit of extra length to my driver, so it's given me a few yards to help get on in two on the last because I've never been able to do that. And then just wedging it a lot better has given me a few more chances coming in.

"I do like the golf course. It's tough, you've got to hit fairways, you've got to hit greens and I think it does suit my game if I'm playing well.

"So it's nice to be able to get off to a good start and three more rounds like that would be nice."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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