Sunday, 12 November 2017
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood extended his lead at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and then insisted he was not feeling any extra pressure heading into the European Tour season finale in Dubai.

A win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player would have seen the Englishman crowned Europe's number one but opening rounds of 73-74 put paid to any realistic hopes of getting the job done with a week to spare.

He shot rounds of 67-71 over the weekend to sneak into the top ten at Gary Player Country Club and will take a 256,737-point advantage into the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Only Major champions Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are close enough to catch Fleetwood but despite having such illustrious names chasing him down, the 26 year old remains relaxed heading into the biggest week of his career.

"I have a long flight with a lot of time to spend doing nothing and a lot more time doing nothing, as well. So I've got to try and take my mind off it," he said.

"But it is what it is. I've played brilliant all year. I think to be in with a chance of winning the Race to Dubai, it's pretty special, really. It's not a burden. I don't feel stressed about it, I don't feel anxious. I just think it's great that I've got the chance to win it and a good chance.

"And as much as it depends on what they do, it is in my hands. I can take it out of everybody's hands but we'll see.

"I don't know how I'll feel next week. It's going to be a new experience, it's going to be a great experience. Playing in the Race to Dubai is very, very special and it's something that actually very few people get the chance to do.

"I'm very proud of the year overall. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully I can come back on Sunday and I've won both, I've won the tournament and the Race to Dubai. That would be great, wouldn't it?

"It's going to be great next week. It's certainly very special.

I don't feel stressed about it, I don't feel anxious. I just think it's great that I've got the chance to win it and a good chance - Tommy Fleetwood

Fleetwood entered the final round needing to overturn a six-shot deficit and with his chances effectively over after turning in 34, he admits his thoughts turned to solidifying his position.

"Coming down the back nine when I didn't have a chance to win and kind of scrapping for my life on a few holes and a few shots, you do know every shot counts," he said.

"It's great to be in this position. Great to be testing myself and what I can do mentally and my game.

"It's been a really good week. I was sort of in the last few groups today. I had a couple of good chances on that front nine that I wish I could have got them and maybe had a chance to press on. But in the end I didn't play well enough on the back nine at all.

"It's been a really good week. I enjoyed it."

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5KAYMER, MartinGER18-6
T6FICHARDT, DarrenRSA18-5

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