Tommy Fleetwood’s hopes of ending PGA Tour drought dry up in sand
Tommy Fleetwood’s mysterious PGA Tour drought continues. The Englishman established himself as a favorite to win in Tampa on Sunday, gaining the advantage on the final-round turn at Copperhead, but it took him two shots to escape the bunker and he was still out. Endured the sand hell left to find solace. Another top 5 finish in America.
World No. 46 Taylor Moore won $1.25 million (£1.03 million) with Fleetwood and tied for third place with three-time Grand Slam winner Jordan Spieth. 2 of the last 3 holes.
Adam Schenck was second after bogeying at the end in humiliating conditions. There were so many people walking out of the gates of Innisbrook thinking ‘what if’. In fact, Fleetwood only said he should and should savor a positive result with the Masters in two weeks’ time.
The course was known to be one of the most challenging tests on the circuit and Fleetwood’s control was outstanding, posting a 70 to finish 9 under. In fact, the World No. 27 looked barely penetrating as he entered the stretch, pulling off a string of fantastic par saves to keep his name at the top of the leaderboard. But then he got as far as his 14th and was looking for a birdie on the par 5, but it all went wrong.
Fleetwood cracked the fairway with a drive, but pulled the 5-wood approach into a greenside trap. After two swipes, he was presented with a 60-footer par. That bogey hurts. He entered the event with his three runner-up finishes in the US and his two thirds, but his wait continues.
But with six DP World Tour titles in Fleetwood’s locker, we’ll have to be patient. At the very least, he rocketed up the Ryder Cup qualifying standings and should be seen as certain to make his third appearance from Europe in Rome in September due to a bar injury.
Unfortunately, it would have been a notable Southport double. Matthew Baldwin hails from the same Merseyside town as Fleetwood and was celebrating his first title on the European circuit with his seven-shot win at his SDC Championship in South Africa. .
The 37-year-old started the day tied for top of the leaderboard, but three birdies on the final four holes of the third round early Sunday morning gave him a four-shot advantage to finish fourth. proceeded to the round. And he maintained his momentum in the final round, extending his lead to his six on the turn thanks to his birdie on his three front nines before recovering from his first bogey of the day on the 11th, I turned the gain up to 13 and 14. Ending the week at 18 under par.