Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey 01 Nov 2018 - 04 Nov 2018
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood is keeping his focus firmly on this week's Turkish Airlines Open as the battle to be crowned Europe's Number One reaches its final stages.

The Englishman is currently just over 1.2million points behind leader Francesco Molinari in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex but a win at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort would cut that gap to less than 50,000 heading into the final two events of the season as Fleetwood looks to defend his title.

Victory would also see Fleetwood join Alex Noren and Jon Rahm as a multiple Rolex Series event winner but the World Number 11 insists he is only thinking about his game and if that is right, the rest will take care of itself.

"There's always things to play for," he said. "Always different goals, always different titles and positions that you are in. There's still plenty to do and it really isn't at the forefront of my mind.

"The practice is staying the same. There's three tournaments left. I would love to win.

"If you were going to look at something like outcome-wise, I don't think anybody would hold it against Fran if he was to walk away with the Race to Dubai.

"After winning the Race to Dubai, it's such a big achievement in your career and definitely for me at the time, it's the biggest thing I've ever done and still is.

"The one thing we wanted to do is make sure we didn't just sit back and enjoy that, it was use that as a springboard to improve this year and to move forward.

"I'll just concentrate on keep doing the things I've been doing. I've been doing so many good things and the one thing that's been missing is kind of putting four rounds together.

Winning time, it might be this week, it might not be, but that will happen. I'll be able to put it all together and win a tournament again - Tommy Fleetwood

"That for now is my sort of immediate thought, is to just keep doing the same things and hopefully winning time, it might be this week, it might not be, but that will happen. I'll be able to put it all together and win a tournament again."

Fleetwood has played in all five editions of the Turkish Airlines Open, with his two top-25s coming in the last two seasons after the event moved to Regnum Carya.

He has yet to break 70 over days one and two on the layout, however, and is looking to rectify that this year.

"I do like it," he said. "The last couple years I just haven't got off to a very fast start. There's a lot of birdies made around this golf course and the first two days, I've just not made enough and not putted well and then you leave yourself a long way back. I just need to make a faster start if I'm going to contend at all.

"I do like the course, I like the way a lot of the shots set up. For the most part, the weekends I've had have showed that I can play well around here. Just try and do that more often."

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