Saturday, 11 November 2017
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood insists that every shot between now and next Sunday afternoon will be vital as he attempts to win his first Race to Dubai title.

The Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader entered this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player knowing that a victory would seal his position as Europe's number one with closest challengers Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia not playing in Sun City.

Opening efforts of 73-74 at Gary Player Country Club represented a disappointing start but a third-round 67 moved the Englishman inside the top ten as he cranked up the pressure heading in to next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

"Hopefully you've always got something to play for towards the end of the year," he said. "Whether it's top 30, gets you in the Open or top ten in the Race to Dubai, and it's a new experience trying to win it.

"Every shot counts and every shot should count throughout the year, it just gets magnified towards the end of it. But really every tournament, every shot should count. It shouldn't come down to this and you're changing your mindset.

"Today, playing, trying to get yourself into some kind of contention for the tournament, when you realise you have a chance of doing it not once does the Race to Dubai come into my head when it's like that.

"Next week might be a different story when it's actually the last tournament. You can't do anything about what the guys do.

"I'm getting on with my own stuff. Two rounds that didn't really go that well and then today was a good one. So see what tomorrow brings."

Every shot counts and every shot should count throughout the year, it just gets magnified towards the end of it - Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood was six under for his round after an eagle on the tenth on Saturday and, while he dropped two shots on the way in, he also got one back with a birdie on the 17th.

"I played better," he said. "I think just generally, I've just been lacking getting something going a little bit. Not once over the last few weeks have I felt like I had momentum going with me. The last few holes, I was hitting a lot of putts that were going in.

"It's tough around here. The wind has been up for two days and today wasn't as bad. We did get some gusts but it's difficult. I haven't done anything massively wrong.

"Yesterday was disappointing because I gave three or four soft shots away which, when the conditions are as tough as they were, you can't be doing that on this golf course. Yesterday wasn't that far away from being one of the good rounds of the day.

"Today I just played well and holed a couple of putts on the front nine."

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