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Tommy Fleetwood: Anything could happen with the weather on Sunday


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Tommy Fleetwood is looking forward to a “very special day” when he tees up alongside Shane Lowry in the final pairing of The Open Championship on Sunday.

Fleetwood didn’t put a foot wrong on Saturday, firing five birdies in a bogey-free 66, but it was only good enough to leave him four shots off the lead following Lowry’s incredible 63.

While he’s not going to be the favourite at Portrush on Sunday, and has a mountain to climb in order to stop Lowry, the Englishman believes he still has a great chance of victory, particularly if the weather becomes a factor, as it’s predicted to be.

“I think I got just about enough out of the day that I needed to to sort of stay in contention going into tomorrow,” he said.

“We really put a good run in together there on the early part of the back nine. Made eagle on 12, birdied 13, 15. Obviously dropped one coming in, which is a shame because I made a mental target of getting to 10 under.

“The most important thing about getting to where I felt 10 under par was, is it wouldn’t put too many guys ahead of me going into tomorrow. If I do play a great round of golf in tough weather, you don’t have to run through a whole bunch of guys, you’ve got one or two guys to chase. You just never know what kind of day they may or may not have in a tough weather day.”

Fleetwood isn’t worried about a lack of support, as he’s had to deal with it before.

“I know what it’s going to be like,” he said.

“I’ve had my fair share of support for the first three days. Hopefully there will still be some people out there rooting for me. And it’s going to be, for me, especially being in that group, it’s going to be harder than the rest of the field, for sure.

“But you play your game. You do your thing. I’m very, very happy to have that challenge. If you had said at the start of today, at the start of the week, at the start of the year, you’re going into the last round – whether I’m four back, five back, it doesn’t matter – I’m in the last group Sunday at The Open and playing with Shane, and the majority of the crowd might not be with you, I would have said, ‘Yeah, that’s fine’.

“I’m looking forward to it, to be honest with you. It’s going to be another chapter in my career, no matter what happens. And it’s going to be a very special day.”

The most important positive for Fleetwood is that he’s playing good golf, and while his 66 was overshadowed by Lowry’s 63, it shouldn’t stop him from feeling positive about his chances.

“Personally I did a lot of things well,” he said. “Aside from hitting golf shots, everything that I set out to do before today started I felt like I was really good at. I played great. Felt really comfortable in my swing, was able to hit the golf shots I wanted to. And yeah, just a really, really strong day.”

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