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  • Tommy feels his game is on track despite slow start to the year

    Henry James

    SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood has not got off to a strong start in 2019 as in recent years but he feels that his game is heading in the right direction.

    Fleetwood was the defending champion at the Abu Dhabi Championship but this year he finished tied 42 and only just made the cut.

    He played better at the Dubai Desert Classic and shot a score of 13 under par, which left him in tied 16th place with three other players, including Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick.

    Fleetwood has said: “I feel like my game’s much better, just in practice that I’ve had.

    “Overall, I feel sharp. I think I feel like I'm sort of getting into the game again a little bit.

    “I felt great in practice and things are moving in the right direction.”

    Last year the 28-year-old played a big part in Europe winning back the Ryder Cup.

    He paired with Francesco Molinari and they won the four matches they played in together. They are the first pairing to do this. He also secured one win and had 11 top 10 finishes.

    He commented that he had a big rise in his world rankings in 2017. He won the Race to Dubai in 2017.

    He added that last year saw him “consolidate” his position in the World Rankings. He said: "This year, there’s still things I need to do in my game.

    “If I just focus on my game and focus on areas of my game I want to improve that will make me the golfer that I kind of envision in a few years’ time, then I’ll stick to that and hopefully that will press me in the right direction.”

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