Fleetwood collects first professional victory

Fleetwood collects first professional victory

August 5th, 2011

Tommy Fleetwood stormed to victory in the Formby Hall Classic to claim his first professional title.

Fleetwood won the ninth event of the PGA EuroPro Tour season by a four-shot margin at his home course – the Formby Hall Golf Club in Merseyside – to pocket the £10,000 first prize.

He was in contention for the title from the start of the event as he shot 67 (-5) on Wednesday, 68 (-4) on Thursday and 65 (-7) today.

At the start of Friday’s play he had a share of the lead but soon became an outright leader after an eagle at the seventh and birdies at the third, fourth, eighth, 13th and 14th.

“This is my first professional win and a big step for me as I now know I can do it,” said Fleetwood.

“I’ve been up in a lot of events this year but hadn’t finished it off before.

“I played really well today. The second day was my bad round as I was hitting it all over the place but still managed to get a decent score. I had a nervy start today but once I two-putted at the 16th I knew that was it.

“There were a lot of people watching cheering for me so it’s been nice to give them something to cheer about and it’s been a perfect way to get my first win.”

Fleetwood, 20, only turned professional last year after a glittering amateur career that included an appearance in the British and Irish team in the 2009 Walker Cup.

This is the first EuroPro Tour event he has played this season as he regularly plays on the Challenge Tour but was impressed with the standard on the EuroPro Tour.

Fleetwood hopes this victory will help him secure his dream of a place on the main European Tour and he plans to compete in every event left on the Challenge Tour this season to do so.

“I have to get in the top 20 in their Order of Merit but if I can play like I’ve done here then my chances are good,” added Fleetwood.

“This gives me a lot of confidence and the EuroPro Tour is a great tour and so well run.

“I played with Chris Hanson and Luke Goddard and the standard is very high. For 12-under to be in second place shows it’s very good scoring and it’s well deserved that five players from there go on to the Challenge Tour.

“I would love to play more events on the EuroPro Tour if my schedule allowed it. It’s great, competitive golf and keeps you sharp. If you win on this tour then you can definitely win on higher tours.”

Graeme Clark, Warren Bennett and Luke Goddard, who led after the first day, all finished in tied second on 204 overall (-12).

Clark ended the first day six shots behind Goddard but rounds of 68 (-4) and 65 (-7) helped him to second and also saw him leapfrog Chris Hanson to become the Order of Merit leader.

Sean Whiffin took fifth place, while Paul Grannell joined Hanson in tied sixth on nine-under for the tournament.

A two-hour highlights package from the event will be broadcast on Sky Sports on Wednesday, August 17 and the next event starts on Wednesday from Lingfield Park in Surrey.

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