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Monday, 15 July 2019
Tommy Fleetwood  (Getty Images)
Tommy Fleetwood (Getty Images)

Tommy Fleetwood insists he is not putting any extra pressure on himself to win a Major as he prepares to tee it up at The Open Championship this week.

At just 28, the Englishman has already had an outstanding career, winning the Race to Dubai and four European Tour titles including a Rolex Series event.

He has also played a starring role in a European Ryder Cup victory but Major glory has so far eluded him, with two top fives at the U.S. Open Championship his best results in golf's four biggest events.

Having been raised on the Merseyside coast, the expectations are even higher on Fleetwood during the links test of The Open, but he insists he is putting no extra pressure on himself.

"You can't really force four tournaments a year," he said. "You can prepare as well as you possibly can and then you have to play well in those weeks.

"I haven't really been close this year but I've played some consistent stuff in other events. I'm 28, your career is a long time. We're not tennis players or football players but at the moment I'm just about reaching what should be my peak year.

"We'll see what happens. Every time I'm practising or playing or prepping, Majors are always going to be there and always the ones that everybody wants to win. 

"But putting the urgency or putting too much pressure on yourself is not going to do you any favours. Just keep doing things as well as you possibly can and hopefully one, two, three Majors. Hopefully at least one comes along."

A tie for eighth at the Betfred British Masters is Fleetwood's best finish so far on the 2019 Race to Dubai and while that is not the sort of return he has been producing in recent seasons, the former Walker Cup player is happy with his game.

Just keep doing things as well as you possibly can and hopefully one, two, three Majors. Hopefully at least one comes along - Tommy Fleetwood

"I've had two such amazing years, such great years, and this one's just been a little bit calmer and a little bit slower," he said.

"There's still been a high level of consistency. The results haven't been top five or top ten all the time but still a high level of consistency in other ways.

"It's just not been as hot as it has been for two years but I think that's always going to happen. If this is the worst I ever do, then I'll be just fine for the next few years."

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1LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-15
2FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-9
3FINAU, TonyUSA18-7
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T4KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-6
T6MACINTYRE, RobertSCO18-5

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