Fleetwood denied by world’s best player

LANCASHIRE’S own Tommy Fleetwood was denied his first World Golf Championship in Mexico when Dustin Johnson  confirmed his status as the best player on the planet with a one-shot victory at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

The reigning US Open champion recorded a closing 68 for a 14-under total, one better than Fleetwood and two clear of the European Tour’s newest member John Rahm and England’s Ross Fisher. Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (68) shared fiTommy Fleetwood & Aaron Moon.JPGfth with third round leader Justin Thomas (72) of the USA.

Fleetwood sensationally holed from 40 feet on the last to complete a superb 66 and secure the biggest payday of his career of more than a million dollars and opened up a gap of 965,676 points over Fabrizio Zanotti at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.

Former Lancashire county player Fleetwood said: “It’s tough to beat the best player in the world, isn’t it?  It was a great back nine.  I think started pretty well after all a couple bad shots. So I felt comfortable on the back nine and made the most of those two par 5s and a couple more birdies at the last.

“I wasn’t overly worried about where the leaders were. Dustin and Jon kind of came backwards a little bit. I didn’t know what Jon was doing, I don’t know if he made a couple bogeys or double bogey or something.

 “To be honest, I was kind of looking at trying to get third on my own at one stage, and then before you know it I saw the scores on the last green and I thought I might have a chance at winning it.  But it was a really good putt on the last.  It was a big one.  It would have been nice to get in a playoff and see how we did, but overall it was a good day.”

Fleetwood’s performance will take the 26 year old to a career-high of 35th in the world, with Rahm up to 25th.

Rory McIlroy began the final round two shots off the lead but was never able to mount a charge, the World Number Three finishing joint seventh after carding two bogeys and two birdies in a closing 71.

 

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