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Huddersfield golfer in world's greatest tournament

Competitors from our region are pretty thin on the ground at this year's Open Golf Championship. Apart from Worksop's Lee Westwood and Danny Willett from Sheffield, the only other local interest is provided by Chris Hanson, a 28-year-old qualifier from Huddersfield.

It's his first appearance in the greatest golf tournament in the world, and before he left for Royal Liverpool, he spoke to Sports Correspondent, John Shires

Teenage golfer prepares for pro debut at Irish Open

Exciting times lie ahead for young golfer Matt Fitzpatrick after he signed terms to become a professional last week. The 19- year- old from Sheffield will make his pro debut at the Irish Open on June 19th.

But first there is the small matter of his last event as an amateur, the US Open - where he has been paired in his opening round with current holder Justin Rose and British Open winner Phil Mickleson. Chris Dawkes has been to see him.


Amateur golfing champion turns pro

Sheffield's Matt Fitzpatrick will bring the curtain down on his glittering amateur career at the US Open next month.

Matthew Fitzpatrick turns pro Credit: Press Association

Fitzpatrick, the reigning US Amateur champion and Open Championship silver medallist, will compete at Pinehurst as an amateur before turning professional at the Irish Open a week later.

The 19-year-old, who became the first Englishman since 1911 to win the US Amateur title at Brookline last year, hopes to play in Europe on invites for the rest of the season after joining International Sports Management.

"I chose ISM because I was impressed with how much they wanted to manage me," he said. "I had options, but eventually it came down to ISM. They have a proven track record of guiding the careers of young golfers and moulding major champions. I am in good hands."

Fitzpatrick missed the cut at the Masters in April by a single shot and then finished tied for 23rd at the RBC Heritage the following week.

Westwood drops coach after rankings slide

Former world number one Lee Westwood has split from coach Sean Foley as he looks to arrest his alarming slide down the rankings.

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Westwood began working with Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, shortly before the Open Championship last summer and finished third at Muirfield after taking a two-shot lead into the final round.

However, the 40-year-old Englishman recorded just one subsequent top-10 finish on the European Tour during the rest of a winless season and has started 2014 with a share of 47th at the Farmers Insurance Open and a missed cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Westwood spent a total of 22 weeks as world number one in two spells after succeeding Woods in October 2010, but is now ranked 33rd.

Speaking about ending his time with Foley, he told GolfWeek: "I just wanted to work on swing positions and stuff like that a bit more. I didn't feel like Sean coached like that, so it didn't really fit what I wanted to do.

"I felt like I had the game that got me to world number one. And I was working on stuff that I didn't work on back then, so it made sense to go back to what I was working on before."

Asked about finding a new coach, Westwood added: "I have things in the pipeline. Nobody has got any need to apply."

Golfer Matt quits his American dream

Matt Fitzpatrick from Sheffield is the finest amateur golfer in the world - making it to number one in the rankings after a spectacular season last year.

He has a huge year ahead of him and has already taken a major step - by quitting the American dream of going to university in the States. Nineteen-year-old Matt is now back home where Calendar's sports reporter Chris Dawkes caught up with him

Sheffield teen hailed best amateur in world

Matthew Fitzpatrick Credit: Press Association

Sheffield teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick and New Zealand's Lydia Ko have won the Mark H McCormack medals as the leading men's and women's amateur players in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Earlier this month 18-year old Matthew became the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship event for over 100 years and he will now be able to compete in the Masters, Open and US Open next year.

This followed his success in the Open when he won the silver medal for best amateur in the Championship


Sheffield teen golfer qualifies for Open

Matthew Fitzpatrick

It's congratulations to Sheffield teenager Matthew Fitzpatrick who's qualified to play in this year's Open Golf championship at Muirfield.

The amateur, who won the British Boys championship last year, finished ahead of two former Ryder Cup captains in Mark James and Colin Montgomerie at yesterday's final qualifier at Gullane.

Matthew, who plays his golf at the Hallamshire in Sheffield finished on one under par.

Westwood hopes its 58th time lucky

Lee Westwood Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lee Westwood feels he has already pulled off one "genius" move at Royal Lytham, but admits he is still trying to figure out where the birdies to boost his Open chances will come from. The Worksop-based golfer is seeking his first major title at the 58th attempt this week, having recorded

seven top three finishes in his last 16 appearances. The 39-year-old admits Lytham is one of his favourite courses on the Open rota, but knows the thick rough and potentially poor weather will make conditions difficult when the battle for the Claret Jug gets under way on Thursday.

"I played the golf course last night, which was a genius move because it wasnice weather and there was hardly anybody out there. It was one of the best Open Championship practises I ever had, " the world number three said.

"Obviously it's in England and it's nice to play on home turf, that makes it more special. And I think it's a fair golf course that's a lot harder than it looks at first impression. ."

Lee Westwood to move to America

Lee Westwood has confirmed his plans to move to the United States at the end of the year to maximise the remainder of his playing career. The 39-year-old, who still lives close to his birthplace of Worksop, has won 40 professional titles but has yet to claim a major in 57 attempts.

There are a number of reasons but the main one is I haven't got that much time left at the top and I want to give myself the best chance of staying there aslong as I can.

– Lee Westwood
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