Monday, 08 April 2019
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
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Tommy Fleetwood has his eyes on a maiden Major Championship prize and insists he will take a positive approach when he tees it up at Augusta National.

Fleetwood produced his best performance at the Masters Tournament last year, finishing 17th in a stellar 2018 during all four of the Major Championships.

He was runner-up at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, 12th at the 147th Open Championship, which was won by Ryder Cup team-mate Francesco Molinari, and 35th in the US PGA Championship.

The Englishman has recorded three top tens on the US PGA Tour in 2019 and although he has not added to his four European Tour victories this season, Fleetwood has three top 20s and is confident of securing his first crown of the campaign at Augusta National.

"It’s strange when you have the two best finishes of the year and you’re disappointed in both of them because I really felt like I had good chances in both and I didn’t win either," Fleetwood said. "But overall, everything’s in really good shape.

I'm getting a better understanding and feeling of the tournament and the course - Tommy Fleetwood

"If you get the wrong side of the golf course, then you're struggling. But for sure, like putting four rounds of golf together, the 72 holes in a week over the course of four days, it's a long time and it's a lot of golf shots.

"To win, you're always going to have bad stretches but you have to put four consistent rounds of golf together, or three and then the fourth one needs to go OK. A poor round is not going to get it done. That's not easy.

"You play the toughest golf courses and you play with some of the best players in the world and winning is not easy.

"Winning is what it’s all about, winning big tournaments. I want to win them, not for a financial standpoint or anything. It would just be nice to have on my resume.

"I am always going to play to win. Second or sixth or seventh makes a difference to your bank account and it won’t make a difference to how you see anything else."

Fleetwood believes he has an improved understanding of the course as he gets ready to make his third appearance at Augusta National.

"I feel great being here this week," he added. "I feel now I've been here, this is my third time playing, you really get a sense of like the difference in how you feel from year one to year two to year three.

"Year one, it's all so new, and not overwhelming, but there's so much to take in and it's your first time here.

"Year two, you've been here already, so you're more comfortable with it and it just kind of progresses to the point where, I'm not like Freddie Couples stage or anything like that, but I'm getting a better understanding and feeling of the tournament and the course and what that involves."

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