He got here shut the final time the Open Championship was contested. At Royal Portrush in 2019, England’s Tommy Fleetwood was the runner-up, albeit six strokes in arrears to the eventual winner, Eire’s Shane Lowry.
It’s nearing three many years since an English participant lifted the Claret Jug. Nick Faldo received the third of his three Open Championship titles at Muirfield in 1992. British wins within the event since Faldo’s final victory have been posted by Scotland’s Paul Lawrie (1999), in addition to Darren Clarke (2011) and Rory McIlroy (2014) of Northern Eire.
Fleetwood hopes to place his title alongside Faldo, (1987, 1990, 1992), Tony Jacklin (1969), Max Faulkner (1951) and Henry Cotton (1948) as English gamers who’ve received the Open Championship for the reason that conclusion of World Warfare II. Within the Open Championship golf betting odds, Fleetwood is listed at 31-1. Tyrrell Hatton (27-1) is the top-rated English golfer by the betting homes. Lee Westwood (31-1), Matthew Fitzpatrick (37-1) and Paul Casey (37-1) are different contenders from England. McIlroy (12-1) is given the perfect line to win of all of the British gamers once they tee it up at Royal St. George’s from July 15-18.
Open Championship Title Would Be Fleetwood’s Final Dream
Taking part in within the closing group of the ultimate spherical of the Open Championship in 2019 was a dream come true for Fleetwood, even when Lowry’s presence within the group gave the day an unreal feeling.
“I don’t suppose there’ll be too many occasions like that one, after I’m within the closing group on Sunday and I’m not the house favorite,” Fleetwood told the Daily Mail. Filled with Irish supporters that day, the gallery was significantly vocal of their ardour for Lowry.
That received’t be the case if Fleetwood, or any English participant for that matter, make their presence identified on the leaderboard at Royal St. George’s.
“I feel lots of people who hail from the North West of England are the identical, it’s a lot part of the tradition of that a part of the world,” Fleetwood stated. “If an Open ever takes place in your doorstep you’re feeling blessed and I’ve not solely bought two in Birkdale and Hoylake however one other simply an hour away at Lytham.
“I really like the wealthy number of the Open. It’s bought a little bit of every thing. I really like the qualifying tales of golfers who get to have the perfect days of their lives. After which I really like watching Tiger hit all his irons at Hoylake.”
Fleetwood first made the Open Championship minimize at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He completed tied for twenty seventh at one-over par. Fleetwood was tied for twelfth at Carnoustie in 2018 earlier than his 2019 run on the title.
“My very own journey means the world to me,”Fleetwood stated. “I can’t let you know how proud I used to be to make it to the weekend with an awesome second spherical at Birkdale in 2017, and make the minimize for the primary time.
“The next yr I bought into competition at Carnoustie after which I bought to play within the closing spherical with Shane final time, the place you’re standing 4 hours away from attaining your final dream. The extra experiences like this you get in your locker the higher as a result of you may’t practise them, or purchase them. I’ve simply realized a lot these final three editions.
“And now right here’s one other likelihood, and whereas I haven’t bought a lot time to be taught St George’s, I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t go well with my sport. You attempt to make your sport so it fits all varieties of venues however I really feel at residence on hyperlinks programs.
“I’m comfy with placing from off the greens, hitting pictures with the appropriate ball flight and all of the climate we now have to play in. I really like the place the Open stands in our British sporting summer season and I can’t let you know how a lot I missed it final yr.”
Looking out For His Recreation
Since his second-place end at Royal Portrush, Fleetwood has dropped from the highest 10 within the World Golf Rankings right down to No. 30 however he doesn’t really feel that he’s out of contact together with his sport.
“I do know what it’s wish to lose your sport and it’s not dropping to thirtieth on the earth,” Fleetwood stated. “It’s irritating since you wish to really feel such as you’re persevering with to progress on a regular basis, however the worst factor I might do can be to panic and go in quest of a magic treatment.
“I’ve had loads of first rate finishes throughout this run and I simply realize it received’t be lengthy earlier than I’m going on a great run once more.”