Saturday, August 14, 2010

Tommy Fleetwood makes pro debut in Czech Open next week

Nineteen-year-old English amateur champion Tommy Fleetwood is to make his professional debut in the European Tour's Czech Open next week.
The Southport golfer, runner-up in the European Championship last week, made his farewell to the amateur game when the home internationals at Ashburnham end on Friday.
Former world boy champion Fleetwood just missed out on a place in The Open and Masters two years ago when he lost the final of the British Amateur to Dutchman Reinier Saxton. He is the current number three on the world amateur rankings and tops the alternative scratch player rankings.
Fleetwood, winner of the Scottish open amateur stroke-play at Murcar Links last year, is understood to be joining the Wasserman Media Group who represent Europe's top woman player Suzann Pettersen and American Hunter Mahan, winner of last week's world championship in Akron.
It is also thought he could sign a deal with manufacturers Nike, the company which sponsors Tiger Woods, Paul Casey and others.
Fleetwood has already made his mark on Europe's second tier Challenge Tour, finishing second in the English Challenge.
While the main tour is his main aim, of course, he has more Challenge Tour appearances lined up in Kazakhstan and Russia.
"I proved to myself that I can compete with the guys on the Challenge Tour, which has some of the best young players in the world, so the fact that I didn't feel overawed gives me a lot of confidence for the future," he said.
"The more experience I get the more my game will continue to improve."



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