SOUTHPORT golfer Tommy Fleetwood may not have been on the winning Ryder Cup side this year but he has spoken of how being a part of Team Europe, ‘is the most amazing thing on the planet.’
At the 2018 contest in Paris, Fleetwood had partnered with Francesco Molinari and they became the first pairing to win all four of their matches as Europe won the trophy.
It was a different story this year, and Fleetwood went winless. The 30-year-old played only twice in the first two days and scored a half point. He played with Viktor Hovland in the Saturday’s fourballs and they had been three up after eight, but they halved the game.
He also halved his singles against Jordan Spieth on the final day.
After the Europeans lost the contest 19-9 to the USA team at Whistling Straits in America, Fleetwood said: “This is the first one I played in America, so it’s different to my first experience. I think we had each other all week and that was plenty for me and I'm sure for the rest of the guys as well. It's been an amazing week. I know it’s not the result that we all wanted but like we shared winning in Paris, and I’ve won a Ryder Cup, lost a Ryder Cup, and been on each team. The only difference was the result. Being part of Team Europe is the most amazing thing on the planet and I love my whole team from players, vice captains, backroom staff. It’s all very, very special."
The game between Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood has been highlighted for the act of sportsmanship between the two players. The pair’s game was tied on the 18th and each player had about a five-foot putt left for par. The overall match had already been won by USA, and Spieth and Fleetwood each conceded their putts to one another.