Oct 1st, 2020
Fleetwood ready for Renaissance Club debut
First event this season on British soil for Englishman
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The Renaissance Club plays host to Scotland’s national open for the second successive time, and the 29-year-old is excited by the prospect of playing the venue on Scotland’s Golf Coast for the first time.
The World Number 17 earned a top three finish in his last regular season European Tour event at the Portugal Masters and he is feeling quietly confident of challenging for the title in North Berwick.
Fleetwood’s playing partner this week is defending champion Bernd Wiesberger and the Austrian has his sights set on creating history by becoming the first player to successfully defend the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open title.
The 34-year-old won at The Renaissance Club last year after beating Benjamin Hebert in a play-off, and in doing so adding his name to a list of past winners that reads like a who's who of golf.
Fleetwood and Wiesberger are joined in an exciting three-ball alongside home favourite Robert MacIntyre, who plays the event for just the second time in his career.
"I think since being back out playing again from late summer when I first came back out and after the COVID lockdown, I think I haven't played great, and again, the year has been very different," said Fleetwood.
"Portugal I played great and I chose to play because I knew I had gone home and I was having to work on things. Struggled with a few things. I didn't putt very well but overall I hit it great on what was a very, very difficult golf course to hit fairways.
"But again, I've been home and feel like my game is progressing - I'm feeling more optimistic about every practice session I'm having and going out there and hitting it well this week, which is great. I'm not particularly happy with my form, but I feel positive.