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Fitzpatrick keen to embrace Bay Hill chance

10th March 2019, 09:23 by Jack Ogalbe

Matthew Fitzpatrick says he is excited by the prospect of trying to hold off Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Englishman carded five birdies and no bogeys on his way to a third round 67 and is on nine-under for 54 holes, one better than defending champion McIlroy who lifted himself 28 places on the leaderboard thanks to a 66.

Overnight leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley had days to forget with rounds of 76 and 75 respectively and will be looking to bounce back on Sunday at Bay Hill.

However, it was better news for the trio of Aaron Baddeley, Matt Wallace and Kevin Kisner who sit two off the pace.

Fitzpatrick is the man to beat though and the 24-year-old says he is excited about the prospect of trying to resist the likely surge from McIlroy as he attempts to chase down his maiden PGA Tour crown

"It's exciting more than frightening. I just think that's the way I tend to look at it, it's a great opportunity for me to do well, really," he said.

"The big thing for me is just sticking to my own game tomorrow and not getting caught up in everyone else's scores.

"If someone's coming from behind or Rory's hitting it 45, 50, probably more, past me tomorrow it’s about just playing the shots that I can play."

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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