Oct 7th, 2020
Fleetwood has sights set on Wentworth victory
Englishman hoping to bounce back from disappointment in Scotland
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The Englishman finished tied third in the Portugal Masters prior to the US Open and then lost to Aaron Rai in a play-off in last week’s Rolex Series event, the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club.
That latter result lifted him into third place in the Race to Dubai and the 2017 European Number One believes another strong performance at Wentworth Club can bolster his chances of claiming that honour for a second time.
“It is always lovely coming back to this one. I think normally with it comes the atmosphere of home fans and I always think it's one of the best ones to play in front of. I think the first tee is always a really nice feeling when you walk to the first tee, and how much they support you." said Fleetwood.
"The 18th is always a great finish. It's different. We have had some bad weather in the past, so not really a time of year that makes a difference, but the course seems to be playing quite different. But it is lovely, great hotel, English, parkland course. Still lots of good with it."
Joining the World Number 14 in the field is current Race to Dubai leader and World Number Nine Patrick Reed who has made a special trip over from America to strengthen his own chances of winning the season-long contest having been runner up to Francesco Molinari in 2018.
Reed finished tied fourth on his debut in the BMW PGA Championship last year and he will tee it up in the first two rounds alongside European Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood and Tyrrell Hatton, while Fleetwood is joined by defending champion Danny Willett and 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry.
“It definitely was motivated by winning the Race to Dubai. When you're in the lead, being able to come over is always nice to try to stay on top." said Reed.
“It was a long decision and it's one of those that at the end of the day, every time we thought about it, we've always supported the European Tour, we've always enjoyed coming over and playing on the European Tour, and being a lifetime member of the Tour, it was something that I had to come over and play."
Olympic Champion Justin Rose is also in action on home soil as part of an all-English three ball alongside Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter and rising star Sam Horsfield, a two-time winner in the European Tour’s first UK Swing earlier this year.