Fleetwood’s Stellar Season Continues With French Open Win

Overshadowed by some of the bigger names in Europe, Tommy Fleetwood is threatening to become one of their most feared.

 
The 26-year-old Englishman, who made headlines in the U.S. when he contended at the U.S. Open, won the European Tour’s most recent event, the HNA Open de France over the weekend.

At -12 for the tournament, Fleetwood beat American Peter Uihlein by a single shot, notching his second victory of the season and propelling to the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings.

Bullets

  • Win No. 2: Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship early this year, notched victory #2 on the season when he won the French Open over the weekend. Fleetwood shot a bogey-free five-under 66 in the final round to overtake Peter Uihlein and Alexander Bjork for the win.
  • Hot Stretch: Fleetwood’s win marks three consecutive tournaments inside the top six. He was T6 at the recent BMW International Open, and prior to that, he finished in solo-fourth at the U.S. Open, where he played in the final pairing.
  • Impressive Sample: In just seven PGA Tour events this season, Fleetwood has three top 10s, including a runner-up at the WGC-Mexico Championship.
  • Come From Behind: Fleetwood started the day in third place, but jumped into the lead after a tap-in birdie on the par-3 second hole. Despite a charge from Peter Uihlein, Fleetwood stayed out front, taking the victory. Uihlein got off to a poor start, but got back into the picture with four birdies over his final eight holes.
  • World Ranking: Fleetwood jumped to #15 in the world with the win, his highest career ranking.

Quotable

“Winning, it’s the best feeling by far in golf and to do it on this golf course in this event, a Rolex Series event, just massive, massive bonuses. It’s just been a great week from start to finish. Coming off the back of good golf, US Open and BMW in Germany, felt like I’ve been swinging it well. So it’s good to put it into practice and I’ve just kept up good form.”
Tommy Fleetwood


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.



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