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Fleetwood – no hard feelings after McIlroy’s PGA Tour comments

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Tommy Fleetwood insists he holds no ill-will towards Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman questioned the career commitment of some of Europe’s biggest stars opting out of the PGA Tour restart.

The world number one was of the opinion that if players cared about their careers, they would’ve made the trip to America to quarantine ahead of a return to competitive golf.

However, with covid-19 still rampant Stateside, McIlroy’s comments were roundly criticised though only now has Fleetwood responded to his claims.

“Someone like Rory gets asked a lot of questions all the time and he clearly just gave his opinion,” Fleetwood told Sky Sports. “There’s no hard feelings about that, as that’s just what makes the world go around.

“I can answer in terms of myself, I obviously feel like I take my career seriously, but it’s just one of those things. He said what he felt and that’s absolutely fine and we will be just the same when we see each other.

“I think he does an amazing job at always giving answers and showing his side of things and that was just his version of it.”

There was news over the weekend that one half of Ryder Cup winning duo, Moliwood – Francesco Molinari – would be taking his family to move to California permanently and now Fleetwood himself is America bound, albeit for a shorter stint, starting with 14-days quarantine ahead of a return to competitive action at the 3M Open on July 23.

“I guess there’s always going to be a little bit of a concern, a little bit of unknown, but in terms of getting back out playing again, I can’t wait,” Fleetwood added. “I’ve had a beautiful time at home and I’ve enjoyed playing golf at home but it’ll be nice to get us back going again.

“Whatever your dreams and goals were [pre-covid] they’re still around, it’s just been in a slightly different format. It hasn’t happened quite like we thought it would in 2020, but they’re still all there and hopefully going to happen.

“On a week-to-week basis, everything stays the same. As soon as you get out playing you want to win tournaments and you want to keep improving as a golfer. It’s my craft and I want to keep seeing how good I can get.”

 

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