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Tommy Fleetwood’ll be at the Acciona Open

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The Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, with eight wins as a professional and two second places in the ‘majors’, joins Jon Rahm and Justin Rose in the list of ‘stars’ who have confirmed their participation in the Acciona Open de España de golf, which It will be played at the Madrid Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, from the 6th to the 9th of next October.

Tommy Fleetwood, Spain

Fleetwood, 31 years old and a member of the European team that won the 2018 Ryder Cup, winning all four of its matches (he also participated in the 2021 one, with victory for the United States), has five titles on the European Tour (now called DP WordTour).

The Englishman came to be in 9th place in the world ranking (November 18, 2018). That year he was second in the US Open, a position that he repeated in 2019 in the Open Championship, his best two appearances in the four ‘big’ golf.

As an amateur he won the Scottish Amateur Stroke Championship in 2009 and finished second in several tournaments the following year, before turning pro after winning the English Amateur. On his professional debut at the Czech Open, he passed the cut and finished 67th.

In September 2011 he won the Kazakhstan Open as part of the Challenge Tour, thus securing a place on the 2012 European Tour. In the first season he managed to keep the right to play in the European Tour thanks to a top ten finish at the South African Open, while in 2013 he achieved his first success at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, after a three-way play-off in which he beat Stephen Gallacher and Ricardo González.

Of note, in the 2015 vintage, an albatross that Fleetwood scored on the fourth hole (par 5) in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship. 2017 was the most successful year for Fleetwood. In January he won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and in March he finished second at the World Golf Championships, one shot behind Dustin Johnson.

In April, Shenzhen International loses in the play-off. After a fourth place in the U.S. Open, in July he wins the French Open. At the end of 2017 he finished first in the Race to Dubai. 2018 opened with the second victory of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, where he beat compatriot Ross Fisher by two strokes.

To the U.S. That year’s Open became the sixth player in tournament history to finish a round (fourth) with 63 strokes: he finished second, one shot behind Brooks Koepka. He also made his Ryder Cup debut together with Francesco Molinari: they became the first couple to win all four matches, making a decisive contribution to the European victory.

In 2019 Fleetwood took a second place in another major, the Open Championship. He later won the Nedbank Golf Challenge, thanks to three eagles on the final lap, after which he defeated Marcus Kinhult in the play-off. About a year later he played another play-off, at the Scottish Open, but was passed on the first hole by Aaron Rai.


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