Tommy Fleetwood: ‘It was a big loss … mum supported me when I was playing badly’

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The golfer reflects on the emotional backdrop of bereavement to a long-awaited victory and talks of major and Ryder Cup hopes

The tears could easily have been mistaken for ones of joy. The three years between Tommy Fleetwood’s victory at the Nedbank Challenge of 2019 and repeat glory in November failed to return a victory. They included a “terrible” run of form and a front-row seat as the United States celebrated a Ryder Cup trouncing of Europe. As Fleetwood held off Ryan Fox by one shot, he was entitled to deep reflection. One of the world’s finest golfers was back where he belonged.

There was, however, far deeper reasoning. Fleetwood’s mother, Sue, died at the age of 60 in July. In South Africa, he was understandably hit by a kaleidoscope of thoughts. “That was the emotional part,” Fleetwood says. “I wasn’t emotional about winning. I felt very calm that day, I enjoyed playing and coming down the stretch. My mindset was good, I was playing really well.

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Written by Ewan Murray
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/dec/31/tommy-fleetwood-interview-golf-ryder-cup-bereavement under the title “Tommy Fleetwood: ‘It was a big loss … mum supported me when I was playing badly’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.