Tommy Fleetwood backed to break his Major duck at the Open at Portrush – EXCLUSIVE
Fleetwood, 28, is desperate to get his hands on some major silverware having not tasted victory since the dramatic Ryder Cup victory last year.
Fleetwood is now a fully-fledged star playing on both the European and PGA Tour but has failed to convert an individual win on either since January last year at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Fleetwood helped inspire Europe to victory at Le Golf National in September and has since secured top 10s at the Arnold Palmer, the Players and the Zurich Classic as well as at the British Masters which he hosted in May.
But now, with the eyes of the golf world on Northern Ireland’s Portrush, the world No 20 is hoping to cause a stir and end the Major season on a high.
And Graham Walker, his coach, reckons he’s got the game to do just that.
“A lot of golf courses when Tommy Fleetwood’s playing well suit him, because he’s such a supreme ball striker,” Walker said.
“He’s got the scoring skills, he can hole out when he’s under the cosh. So there’s many course that can suit his game of golf and he loves it now the crowd has warmed to him.”
Fleetwood is loving life as a super star after the Ryder Cup really put him on the map world wide. And Walker thinks his lovable personality makes him stand out.
“He’s a proper person Tommy, he’s not keep himself to himself he’s warm to the crowd and that bodes well for him,” he said.
“He loves it. You look at the smile on his face.”
Fleetwood gets his Open underway on Thursday at 12.53 alongside American Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup team-mate Thorbjorn Olesen.
And Walker thinks Fleetwood’s work behind scenes has prepped him for glory.
“His game has become much more consistent,” he added. “He’s very confident. What tommy does consistently is he consistently works well, with that in mind he should now get the level of performance that his work deserves.
“We’ve had a couple of days work and he’s worked well over the last few years, so he should now be at the time where he’s ready to polish one off.”
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