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Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood is targeting consistency over titles in 2019 as he aims to keep his place in golf's elite with a strong performance at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The 28 year old is currently the World Number 14 and opened the calendar year with a tied-42nd finish  at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to start the three-legged Desert Swing.

However, despite just one victory during the 2018 season - where he secured his second successive victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Presented by EGA - Fleetwood is not fretting about his record, which currently stands at four European Tour wins.

"2017 was a big rise for me," Fleetwood said. "2018 was still rising but kind of consolidating my position in a state of the World Rankings.

It's funny because last year I felt like I played awful around here and it's my best result ever on the golf course - Tommy Fleetwood

"This year, there's still things I need to do in my game. If I just focus on my game and focus on areas of my game I want to improve that will make me the golfer that I kind of envision in a few years time, then I'll stick to that and hopefully that will press me in the right direction. 

"I'm really not looking at results. Every week, you clearly want to win; everybody does, but without sort of picking out too much and putting pressure on and just trying to be a golfer, hopefully things will take care of themselves."

Fleetwood made just one top-ten finish from six previous appearances at the Emirates Golf Club but managed to produce a best-ever performance of tied-sixth last season and the Englishman is keen to improve his record in Dubai.

"It's funny because last year I felt like I played awful around here and it's my best result ever on the golf course," he said.

"I feel like my game's much better than last week, just in practice that I've had. I came here on Sunday to do some work on my putting, which clearly needed some work and that's getting better.

 

"Overall, I feel sharp. Things are moving in the right direction. So hopefully it bodes well because I've always loved the golf course."

Fleetwood produced career-best displays in all four Major Championships last season and is confident he will be in contention once again in 2019 and aims to peak at the right time for the events.

"I won't play the week before a Major this year," Fleetwood admitted. "Last year, I felt like I played very well for them and that's something I'll do. And when I'm there you give it everything for those weeks. 

"Those really are sort of your career-defining weeks in a way. It's nice that I've been close, but unfortunately, that's just not relative when these come around.

"But absolutely, Majors, I would love to give myself the best possible chance."

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