Matthew Fitzpatrick following practice and prep at Troon International-managed Els Club Dubai and Matt Kuchar at Troon-managed Tiburón Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz. (December 18, 2020) – Matt Fitzpatrick and Matt Kuchar may have been nearly 8,000 miles apart, but the two Team Troon members both captured hard-fought victories just hours apart recently – Fitzpatrick at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, and Kuchar, with playing partner Harris English, at the QBE Shootout at Troon-managed Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Naples, Florida.
Following a week of practice and preparation at Troon International-managed Els Club Dubai, Fitzpatrick strung together four solid rounds at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the European Tour’s season finale, to claim his second victory at that event. Fitzpatrick entered the final round tied for the lead, but began with four birdies, ultimately finishing at 15-under par and one shot ahead of Lee Westwood. This victory marks Fitzpatrick’s sixth European Tour title and moved him from No. 20 to 16th in the Official World Golf Rankings.
“The win at the weekend was a great way to end the 2020 season,” said Fitzpatrick. “I was lucky enough to get to Dubai early, from the US, and practice for four days at the Troon-managed Els Club Dubai. It was actually my first visit there and it was an unbelievable place to prep - the facilities are genuinely fantastic. I had my trainer over from the UK and we did some good work at their newly built state-of-the-art TroonFIT gym. Definitely an exciting way to finish the year and I’m already looking forward to getting out and competing in 2021."
Hours after Fitzpatrick’s victory, the team of Kuchar and English captured their third QBE Shootout victory at Tiburón Golf Club, this time in record-setting fashion. Not only were Kuchar and English, the first team to win the event three times (a record), they also finished at 37-under (a record), and won by nine strokes, topping their previous record by seven strokes.
“The conditions and setup were outstanding, so it’s certainly a credit to the teams at Tiburon and Troon for all of their work,” said Kuchar. “The greens were perfect, and it was fun to take advantage of that with Harris to make a lot of putts. It’s a course I always enjoy!”
“It was an amazing week and weekend for Team Troon,” said Kris Strauss, senior vice president sales and marketing, Troon. “First we celebrated Matt Fitzpatrick winning in Dubai coming off his week of practice and preparation at the amazing Els Club Dubai, then Kuchar and team claim a dominating victory at Troon-managed Tiburón in Naples. Congrats to both, and congratulations to the Tiburón team for their hard work pulling off two great events in back-to-back weeks in the QBE Shootout and the CME Championship.”
Team Troon is a collection of top international golf talent representing the Troon brand throughout professional golf. In addition to Fitzpatrick and Kuchar, other Team Troon members include Justin Thomas, Gary Woodland, Alex Noren, Cheyenne Woods and Colin Montgomerie. All carry full Troon-branded golf bags with #PlayTroon and #ExperienceTroon embroidered on the pockets. All Team Troon members also collaborate on select digital and social campaigns in cooperation with Troon and Troon-managed facilities.
Troon-managed or affiliated facilities host 18 professional golf events across 9 professional tours around the world. Including high-level amateur events and qualifying tournaments, Troon-managed facilities host more than 30 elite events.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 440-plus locations around the globe, including managing 470-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 490-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Quintero Golf Club in Peoria, Ariz.; Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla; Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico; and Costa Navarino in Greece. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.