Wayne Riley tips Fleetwood for major glory after Dubai delight

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Sky Sports Golf on-course commentator Wayne ‘Radar’ Riley normally calls the shots on the golf course but he has made a bold prediction for Tommy Fleetwood, labelling the Englishman a major champion “in waiting.”

Fleetwood pipped Rory McIlroy on the 72nd hole to pinch the Dubai Invitational from his Ryder Cup teammate. McIlroy found the water off the tee while holding a one shot lead and his bogey was compounded with a Fleetwood birdie who completed a dramatic turnaround.

The now seven-time DP World Tour winner holed from sixteen-feet for a winning birdie having holed from almost twice that distance on the 17th to remain one behind McIlroy and Riley feels such putting prowess could see Fleetwood break down the major door who has three top-5 finishes in the majors including runner-up at the US Open and Open Championship.

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“Tommy Fleetwood was sensational today, he putted very nicely,” Riley told Sky Sports Golf.

“We have always worried about the pace of his putt in previous championships but today he had it bang on.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better start to the 2024 season, it is going to be a great year in golf, our game is so very healthy.

“It is a fantastic win for Tommy Fleetwood and he will go on.

“I think we know Tommy Fleetwood is a major champion in waiting. We know he has been very close.

“He has been second in the US Open before, he has been very close in majors before.

“I think this year is going to be massive. What a way to start the year.

“It is time now for Tommy Fleetwood to lift trophies, he is the real deal.”

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