Oct 8th, 2015
British Masters Day 1
Matt Fitzpatrick leads
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Matt Fitzpatrick came through the pack to take the first-round lead at the British Masters at Woburn.
Scotland's Marc Warren and Lee Slattery of England had topped the leaderboard with six-under rounds of 65, before Sweden's Robert Karlsson got it going.
Karlsson bogeyed 18, to come back to the pack, while 21-year-old Fitzpatrick closed with two birdies for a seven-under-par 64.
Ian Poulter is the official host of the tournament at his home course and after shooting an opening round of 68, he said: "I'm very proud. There's a lot of work gone on behind the scenes."
Luke Donald (67) and Lee Westwood (69) made good starts, while Ireland's Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington are well in contention at five under.
Six birdies and an eagle took the former US Amateur champion to the top of the leaderboard as he looks to build on three top-three finishes in his last seven events.
"Same again this week would be lovely," said Fitzpatrick. "It's a great start today and I just need to keep working hard on my game.
"It was a tough start to the year and I missed a few cuts in a row, although I felt like I was playing all right, but now I am playing decent and getting the results I am looking for."