From where this English golfer started five years ago, Tommy Fleetwood has come a long way.
In 2009, Fleetwood turned professional for the first time. He went to the Walker Cup to represent Great Britain and Ireland. Unfortunately for the then 18-year-old amateur, the games did not go well. In Fleetwood’s words, Great Britain and Ireland were “hammered” 16.5 – 9.5 at Merion. The young golfer knew that he would have to improve if he wanted to become a serious professional.
Tommy was not alone in the discouraging Walker Cup. The Great Britain and Ireland team had nine other members who have also fallen out of the golf scene altogether.
Fleetwood began working hard to build his golf skills and reputation. His drive came to fruit last year when he finished 19th on the European money list with up to $3 million in career earnings. Over 2014, Fleetwood has made three second-place finishes, one third-place finish, and has made the top 10 three times. At 23 years old, he is one of the youngest golfers to give England’s experienced golf celebrities a serious challenge.
“It’s a bit surreal, but it’s not bad, is it?” Fleetwood commented on my career.
The young star has improved his game in almost every area. Compared to 71.26 stroke average last season, Fleetwood averaged 69.66 in the final rounds of 2014. Fleetwood promised to continue improving, although he acknowledged that his game is gradually becoming more impressive.
“It’s been my best season so far,” Fleetwood said. “The only thing I didn’t do was win… Top 50 in the world is the natural goal. That’s where we all want to be.”