VIDEO: British Masters champion and Blades fan Matt Fitzpatrick swaps golf for football

Matt Fitzpatrick is presented with a shirt bearing his name by Sheffield United's manager Nigel Adkins.
Matt Fitzpatrick is presented with a shirt bearing his name by Sheffield United's manager Nigel Adkins.

SHEFFIELD United fan Matt Fitzpatrick has paid a special visit to Bramall Lane to film a piece for an upcoming documentary about his successful first full season on the European Tour.

The British Masters champion – who for years had a season ticket with his family at Bramall Lane – has his initials engraved in red and white on the back of the clubs that he has used to rise to 46th in the world rankings.

“The Blades have certainly helped me along the way since turning professional,” said Fitzpatrick, who was at Bramall Lane to shoot a special film with Sky Sports about his remarkable first full year on the professional circuit.

The visit to United by the former Tapton School pupil, who is a member at Hallamshire GC, provided a chance to meet with Blades' manager Nigel Adkins.

Fitzpatrick - who was presented with a United home shirt with his name and the No 11 on the back - used to play for Hallam Rangers in the Sheffield Junior Sunday League.

His stadium visit took in the Legends of the Lane where he presented one of his clubs to Sheffield United's historian John Garrett. It will feature in a display commemorating United’s famous and celebrity fans.

“In terms of golf it has been the best year of my life, but I’ve also had a great afternoon here at Bramall Lane,” added Fitzpatrick, who hopes to be back in the country in time to watch United in action at Old Trafford in the FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester United.

The Sky Sports film is expected to be broadcast on Christmas Eve.

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