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  • Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood crowned European number one

    Henry James

    SOUTHPORT’S Tommy Fleetwood has been crowned the European Tour’s number one golfer after he won the Race to Dubai beating Justin Rose to the title in an exciting final day and he has collected more than £900,000.

    It was a nail-biting climax to the season finale Tour Championship in Dubai and it looked at one stage that Rose would take the title and not Fleetwood, however Rose fell away and Fleetwood, 26, held on.

    In the end Rose had to hole his third shot on the last hole for an eagle to finish first in the standings, but he was unable to.

    Fleetwood, who is attached to Formby Hall, was shown on television waiting for Rose with his fiancée, Claire Craig, who he is to marry in two weeks, and their child and clearly looked shocked to be named European Tour Number 1. He said: “This has been a special year on and off the course for me. 2017 is going to take some beating.

    “It is amazing to think the season started last December and we are here the following November and it comes down to the last shot. It has not kicked in yet.

    “My golf was not pretty today, but it was great being out there and having a chance to win the tournament and the Race to Dubai. Rose was in the lead at one point, but I made some great pars on 15th and 16.

    “You want the grandstand finish, but it does not always work out that way. It has been a great journey to this point and I am so grateful to the people around me.”

    Fleetwood and Rose were playing in the event at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai which was won by the Spaniard Jon Rahm.

    The year started off well for Fleetwood when he won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and he won his first Rolex Series event at the HNA Open de France. He also finished fourth at The US Open after leading at one stage.

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