Tommy Fleetwood hoping Portugal Masters can prove ideal US Open tune-up



Tommy Fleetwood believes this week’s Portugal Masters will present good preparation for the upcoming US Open, regardless of the evident disparity between the 2 venues.

The final time Winged Foot staged the US Open it was received by Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy with a rating of 5 over par, whereas the common successful rating in Vilamoura the final 5 years is 21 underneath par.

Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course was additionally the scene of the one 59 in European Tour historical past in 2018, however Fleetwood is eager to get extra aggressive golf underneath his belt after bowing out of the FedEx Cup play-offs following the primary occasion.

“The primary motive I checked out Portugal was as a result of final 12 months I had three weeks off earlier than the US Open at Pebble Seashore and I got here off and stated, ‘I will not do this once more’,” stated Fleetwood, who was fourth within the US Open in 2017 and second in 2018, however 65th final 12 months.

“I felt it was an excessive amount of and I felt like I wasn’t fairly as sharp as I want to be. I’ve at all times most popular attending to majors early however this 12 months clearly issues are very completely different and issues change and get thrown out the window.

“I’ve by no means ever been to a match the place I have never wished to win and this week is strictly that, however I feel you acquire from sure pictures you hit and also you solely determine these issues out by enjoying competitively.

“I feel wherever you’re, holing five-foot putts in a match surroundings makes a large distinction and I feel what I’ll lose possibly being on the US Open a day late, I’ll have gained for having that aggressive really feel to it.

“I feel a golf shot is a golf shot in a method, and seeing how I play this week and placing these feels that I’ve accomplished in apply now for a couple of days, attempting to get myself again to someplace the place I really feel actually comfy on the golf course, it’s excellent to try it out this week.”

It is not going to be the primary time that Fleetwood has had a fast turnaround between a European Tour occasion and a serious, the 29-year-old going straight from internet hosting the British Masters in his house city of Southport final 12 months to the PGA Championship in New York.

“Really, that week (at Bethpage) I used to be second after 30 holes after which fell again just a little bit, however once more loads of good issues got here of that,” the world quantity 16 added.

“I usually have the week off earlier than a serious however, on the identical time, there’s nothing to say that this is likely to be the very best factor to do or is likely to be what works for me, so we’ll see.”

– TEAMtalk media



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