Fitzpatrick earns '15 Euro Tour card; Mr. 58 misses out


Matt Fitzpatrick birdied three of the last five holes Thursday to earn his European Tour card for 2015.

The 2013 U.S. Amateur champion shot 68 on the last day of the six-round Q-School to tie for 10th. The low 25 and ties earn their tour cards, meaning that Fitzpatrick will be a full-time member next year on the European circuit. 

Fitzpatrick, 20, turned pro after the U.S. Open and has spent much of the summer competing on the Challenge Tour, where he posted three top 10s in six starts. He was the low amateur at both the 2013 British Open and ’14 U.S. Open. 

American John Hahn wasn’t quite as fortunate in qualifying. His up-and-down week ended with, of all things, an even-par 72 to finish five shots off the cut line (tie for 50th). On Tuesday, the former Kent State standout shot a 12-under 58 to vault into the top 15, but he followed that low round with a 78 to drop out of contention. This week he had rounds of 67-79-72-58-78-72.

Renato Paratore, who at age 17 was trying to become the youngest winner in Q-School history, finished in solo third at 16 under par. The Italian phenom, who has drawn favorable comparisons to Matteo Manassero, was No. 6 in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings. Mikko Korhonen (-20) earned medalist honors.