SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood is to play in the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship tomorrow (Thursday) and this week he has become England’s top-ranked player in the world rankings for the first time.
The 29-year-old leapfrogged Justin Rose into 11th place when the rankings were released on Monday.
Fleetwood will be joining last year’s Open winner Shane Lowry in the field in Mexico that is made up of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
This year’s event will be played at Club de Golf Chapultepec just west of Mexico City from February 20 to 23.
Fleetwood secured his place at this event after playing in the 2019 Tour Championship and finishing 16th in the FedExCup final standings.
This is the fourth year in a row that Fleetwood has appeared in Mexico City and he finished second in 2017 when he holed a birdie putt from 38 feet, 11 inches on the last hole.
Fleetwood is yet to win on the PGA Tour but has four career runner-up finishes.
In last year’s second round in Mexico, Fleetwood became the first player to start a round with eagles on the first two holes since 2009.
Fleetwood will play with Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland, the winner of last year’s US Open Championship, on the first two days of this year’s event in Mexico.
The Southport golfer said the following about the Club de Golf Chapultepec: “I think overall there’s so many different ways to play the holes, there’s so many irons you can hit off tees, but you can also be quite aggressive with driver.
“Driving is clearly a strength of my game, and [doing it well] makes the course a lot easier because it's so easy just to get a little out of position.”