Tommy Fleetwood has confirmed that he will be taking part in this year’s British Masters at Walton Heath. The Race to Dubai winner is set to join a fierce line-up of Britain’s golfing heroes, including Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, and tournament host Justin Rose.
2018 has been a year of mixed results for British golfer Tommy Fleetwood. Having stamped his mark on the world of golf last season with series of emphatic tour victories, the 27-year-old has experienced plenty of ups and downs this year, struggling at the Wells Fargo Championship (Cut), BMW International Open (59), and Open de France (Cut), and excelling at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship (1), Zurich Classic (T4), and U.S. Open (2).
Fleetwood currently sits 11th in the overall PGA Tour world rankings, making him one of the favourites for the upcoming PGA Championship – the final major event of the season. The 26-year-old was forced to miss the 2017 edition of the British Masters due to the birth of his first child; however, Fleetwood has played some fine golf at the tournament in the past, finishing T13 in 2015 and T4 in 2016.
“I’m really excited to return to the British Masters,” said Fleetwood. “I’ve enjoyed playing in this event previously and have done pretty well in it.
“Walton Heath is a wonderful golf course and I think it will be a great venue for the British Masters. I’ve got to know Justin pretty well in recent years and he is a great guy, so obviously I wanted to support him as tournament host too.
“He has been an incredible ambassador for British golf over the years, as a US Open Champion and an Olympic Champion, so I’m sure we will have a great field and put on a great show for the fans.”
Ireland’s Paul Dunne emerged as the victor at last year’s British Masters, finishing three strokes ahead of runner-up Rory McIlroy. Much of the media focus this year will fall on host Justin Rose, who recently finished T2 at the Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Rose said of Fleetwood: “Tommy is always a popular figure wherever he goes, but particularly on home soil, and I’m excited he will be playing at Walton Heath in October”.