THE OPEN: Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood keeping it real ahead of Royal Portrush
Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood is determined to keep a sense of perspective as he looks to end the major season on a high at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, which starts on Thursday.
Fleetwood was expected to contend for one of the game’s biggest prizes this year after his consistent displays in 2018, the Ryder Cup star finishing 17th in the Masters, second in the US Open after a record-equalling 63 in the final round, 12th in the Open and 35th in the US PGA. However, so far this season his best result is a tie for 36th at Augusta National and the 28-year-old also failed to convert good chances to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship earlier in the year.
“It’s easy to say it’s disappointing but there’s no disasters going on,” Fleetwood said after a tie for 23rd in the Irish Open.
“I’ve not got loads out of the week and it’s easy to be disappointed but you have to keep perspective.
“It’s not like I’ve missed the cut by a mile and am going home trying to reinvent the wheel. I felt a lot more comfortable with my long game and I don’t like being that person who is frustrated out on the course because I always feel I have a good sense of what’s good and bad.
“It’s just that when you know you’re capable of more and you’re not quite doing it, it’s difficult.
“I know the Open is around the corner but whether it happens next week or further down the line, there are always massive things to play for and you just have to be patient and keep going and, more importantly, enjoy the game.”
His previous experience of Royal Portrush in the 2012 Irish Open is a “bit of a blur” as it came during his first full year on the European Tour, but Fleetwood will still expect to improve on his major performances in the Province.
“I’ve done well in them in the past and those are the ones you want to perform in,” he said.