Fleetwood seeking Major momentum

17 July 2018 17:42:08 GMTPlus10

It is one month since Tommy Fleetwood shot a brilliant 63 to close the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, but he wished the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie had been sooner.

The Englishman's stunning final round was ultimately one shot shy of Brooks Koepka's winning total in the second major of the year, good for finishing runner-up, but he craves more.

"You want it to come straightaway because you're on such a high," he said ahead of the first round in Scotland.

"I know I didn't win and that was disappointing. To come that close, all that sitting and waiting. I had that momentum and then didn't."

Following a fortnight of action in Germany and France an exhausted Fleetwood took two weeks off and he feels it has helped him in his quest for major glory, a task he feels up to completing.

"There's no really good reason why I couldn't do it," he said. "I've got to go out there and hit the golf shots and hole the putts. It can be done."

Fleetwood is the course record holder at Carnoustie (63), but he recorded it during the Dunhill Links Championship which he says is very little help this week.

"It is a completely different course. I've never played it this firm or fast. Shots that you've hit at the Dunhill have literally no relevance for a lot of it. It was definitely apparent that the difficulties this week are probably going to be putting it in play and hitting it in the fairways and go from there.

"The third is so different. It's gone from being not really much of a tee shot to a really difficult to carry on to the fairway. Suddenly you have to take the fairway bunkers on."

Fleetwood missed his first three cuts at the Open but was T27 last year. He shot 76 in the first round, but recovered with a 69 in the second round of which he said: "Probably one of the best rounds of my life."

He is 23.00 to win the tournament outright this week, 34.00 to be the first round leader and 2.20 in his first round three-ball against Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker.

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