Tommy Fleetwood is eyeing victory at this week’s Players Championship after admitting he has never felt more confident on the golf course.
The Englishman had one bad day at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational when he shot a 76 in the third round, but it’s a measure of how good he is playing otherwise that he still managed to finish just three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari in a share of third place.
“I feel good. Last week was the most confident I’ve felt on the golf course,” said Fleetwood. “I played some really good stuff.
“It has been a little bit different: in previous years I started really fast and my confidence was so high. I have built into this year a little bit but the courses are tough. There are a lot of courses out here that make you feel uncomfortable. It’s hard if you don’t quite feel on your game to go out and put scores on the board.”
Fleetwood admits, however, that he still hasn’t quite got the habit of winning down pat.
“Winning is hard, you have to put it all together over four days in different conditions,” he said. “Hopefully I can get the knack of it eventually.”
A switch from May to March for the Players could end up benefitting Fleetwood, with Sawgrass looking quite lush and the fairways and greens not expected to pose quite as many challenges as before.
“If I drive it like I normally do then it’s a big advantage round here because if you are always in play, it’s scoreable after that,” Fleetwood said. “A lot of the tee shots are difficult so if I can do that well and be aggressive then hopefully I can do enough other things right to be up there.
“It’s different. It is a very different test because it’s not firm at all, it’s very, very green. In the past it has been so firm and you have to be careful. I think you have a few more misses around the greens because you can chip out of the rough and the greens are softer.”
Patrick Reed knows he hasn’t put it together for four straight rounds this year, but is still feeling optimistic about his Masters defence.
Having had to work really hard to return to the winner’s circle at Sawgrass on Sunday, Rory McIlroy reckons it was all worth it in the end.
After suffering a penalty at the Players Championship, Webb Simpson is convinced the new rules of golf are bad for the game.
Rory McIlroy won the Players Championship in dramatic fashion on Sunday as he made two late birdies to win the tournament by one stroke.
Adri Arnaus and Guido Migliozzi both fired career-low rounds on the European Tour to grab a share of the lead at the Magical Kenya Open.
Tiger Woods admitted he was “pretty ticked off” after putting two shots in the water at Sawgrass’ famous 17th hole on Friday.
Some more excellent golf from Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy is threatening to turn the Players Championship into a two-horse race.