Tommy Fleetwood is unequivocal. The Open is the one golf tournament he wants to win above all others – and this year would be the perfect time to do it.
Ever since he cheekily hopped over the fence by Royal Birkdale’s fifth tee as a 7-year-old and watched his heroes practice for the 1998 Championship, Fleetwood’s mind has been focused on the Claret Jug.
He can reel off every winner going back to John Daly’s St Andrews triumph in 1995. Tiger Woods’s 2000 masterclass, Muirfield’s four-way play-off, Pádraig Harrington’s double, Henrik Stenson’s record and Shane Lowry’s Portrush party are all burned in his mind – especially Lowry’s.
Although he is yet to get his hands on golf’s most prestigious prize, Fleetwood’s Open career has been one of exponential growth and he finished second to Lowry at Royal Portrush last time out.
“In my career, I have had two dreams since I was 6 or 7 and winning the Open is one of them,” he said on The Open Podcasts.
“When it comes to the end of my career, if I have won the Open it will go a long way to me having satisfaction with my career.
“It is the ultimate to me and if I won the Open and never hit a golf shot again, I would have achieved something very special to me.
“I can’t state it strongly enough. It is the one I want to win and there’s not another event that comes close. It sits on a pedestal, and I hope one day I get it. This year would be a good year to do it.”
To read more on Fleetwood and his pursuit of the Claret Jug, visit https://www.theopen.com/Latest/Tommy-Fleetwood-Open-dream.