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Off to a flyer

It's always a pleasure to start a new year with a huge dose of encouragement and hope of a very pleasant one. So a big thank you to Matt Fitzpatrick for starting us off in the right direction for 2015.

Matt was making only his seventh European Tour start at the South African Open and still claimed a top 10 finish ahead of a multitude of big names and reputations.

It will have done him no end of good as he starts his rookie season, not least that he started the final day in the last group after two impressive rounds on Friday and Saturday.

The experience gained from being in contention will be of immense value in the coming months as he seeks to establish himself in the world order. He has a place there which I am convinced he will cement in the near future.

Another Matt, this one of the Nixon variety, also had a good week while John Hahn and Tom Murray will take heart from being involved from start to finish.

Further signs of happy days ahead came in Maui where both our representatives, Seung-Yul Noh and Chesson Hadley, enjoyed top 20 positions among the elite playing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour.

So now we are in Abu Dhabi this week and what a delight to see such a strong field for the start of the Desert Swing. It should be another excellent week.

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