Fleetwood looking to end win drought in Spain

Ronan MacNamara
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Tommy Fleetwood (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood isn’t somebody who wins too often, but when he does they tend to be big ones. Two Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships and an Open de France would look good on any golfing CV and the Englishman is looking to add another historic European title to his five wins this week in Madrid. 

Fleetwood is one of the star names in the field for the Open de Espana as the event marks its 50th edition and he would love to win one of Europe’s most famous events and join the likes of Jon Rahm, Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal and Pádraig Harrington on the trophy. 

“It’s an amazing opportunity and being literally the first event, I am looking at the trophy and it is one of the oldest trophies that we have got,” he said. 

“It is so important to keep these events going and have the chance to support the event and coming to play is a great thing and I feel very lucky. Players love having their names on trophies, especially ones that have a long history to them, so I will be doing my best this week to do so. 

“It has been a long time. We always come on holiday to Spain but I haven’t played golf here for a while. It’s great to be here and be part of an event that I haven’t played for a very long time.” 

Fleetwood arrives looking to arrest a three-year winless streak but hasn’t missed a cut on the DP World Tour since 2018 and he has two top-5 major championship finishes this term which has seen him rise from 43rd to 30th in the world. 

He feels confident that another win is coming. 

“It is pretty good,” he said. “I always work hard, I enjoy working at my game, I enjoy playing golf. 

“Overall I feel pretty comfortable with how I am playing, how my practice is going and for the most part I have been pretty consistent in tournament play. 

“I haven’t played a lot so there is always a certain element of scoring or rustiness that’s involved but overall I feel ahead of what I thought I might be considering the amount of time I had off. 

“I feel positive about the upcoming events and how I am playing, and I will keep pushing forward, progressing, and will see what we can do.” 

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