Jul 2nd, 2017
Tommy Fleetwood wins French Open
And will rise to No 15 in the world
Tommy Fleetwood has claimed his second victory of the season in the HNA Open de France.
The 26-year-old from Southport, the home of this year’s Open, shot a final round of 66 at Le Golf National to finish 12 under par, and one shot clear a shot of overnight joint–leader Peter Uihlein.
This season will see Fleetwood rise from 188th in the world rankings to 15th when the rankings are updated tomorrow.
“When it all got talked about last year, everybody knew these were the tournaments you wanted to play well in,” Fleetwood said after his round.
“To win a Rolex Series event, knowing how big the stature is of everything now, is a big deal for me. I played great today, felt comfy again and it’s always great to test your game and test what you work on every day under the ultimate pressure.
“Life’s just been great. I’m engaged, expecting a baby, my fiancée is my manager, my caddie’s one of my best mates in the world. Thommo (Alan Thompson), I think, is the best coach in the world – everybody around me I have really strong relationships with and when you enjoy doing your job that’s a massive positive.”
With a baby on the way, the financial peace of mind that Tommy will now have must be fantastic. He won £915,000 today, to add to the £850,000 he won by finishing second behind the world No1, Dustin Johnson at the WGC–Mexico Championship in March.
He’s in the form of his life, and it will be exciting to see if he can maintain this momentum at the Irish Open next week. Either way, he will be full of confidence for The Open in his home–town, and his odds will be now be tumbling.
You can get 25/1 on him at Paddy Power, when even Alex Noren is on 40/1. Dustin Johnson remains the clear favourite at 8/1.