Fleetwood begins US adventure

14 February 2018 22:23:25 GMTPlus11

Tommy Fleetwood will step up his preparations for April's Masters with a run of events on the PGA Tour, starting with this week's Genesis Open in Los Angeles.

The European No.1 has already got off to a fast start in this season's Race to Dubai by making a successful defence of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and adding tied sixth in the Dubai Desert Classic.

It puts him second in the rankings, but now he'll move his focus to the States and first up is a debut at the Genesis Open at the famed Riviera Country Club, where the Englishman likes what he sees.

"I played it yesterday for the first time and it's a ball-striker's course, for sure. You have to hit it well with some really strong holes," said Fleetwood in Tuesday's press conference.

"All you do is hear great things about this place, the golf course. You've had a lot of great winners, which is always a good sign of a good course. When you get here, it just doesn't disappoint really. I've always wanted to come here and play it."

Talking about his schedule, the 27-year-old said: "I'm out here for a couple of months now, I'm not going home.

"Playing next week (Honda Classic), Mexico, Bay Hill, Match Play and Augusta is I think sort of how it's worked out, but I might stick another one in as we go along.

"That's kind of a base of a plan, but they're all such great tournaments that you want to play in. If I feel like things are going well or maybe they're not going so well and I need to play, I'll keep going.

"It's an open book, go and play and see how we do."

Fleetwood is 31.00 to win the Genesis Open and 6.50 to be top European, while he is 2.62 to win his 1st Round 3 Ball against Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar.

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