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Fitzpatrick clinches second title to boost Ryder chances

Matt Fitzpatrick admitted he was "a million miles" ahead of schedule after claiming his second European Tour title in the Nordea Masters to boost his chances of a Ryder Cup debut in September.

The 21-year-old from Sheffield carded a closing 71 at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club to finish three shots ahead of Denmark's Lasse Jensen, who secured his place in the Open Championship with the best finish of his career.

And the first prize of 250,000 euros saw Fitzpatrick move within 500,000 euros of the total which secured Jamie Donaldson the final automatic Ryder Cup qualifying place for Gleneagles in 2014.

"It's something I'm trying to play down a little bit," said Fitzpatrick, who finished seventh in the Masters at Augusta in April. "Hopefully I'll keep playing well and see where we end up come September."

Asked if he had achieved more than expected following his maiden win at the British Masters last year, Fitzpatrick added on Sky Sports: "Completely a million miles ahead of schedule."

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