Fleetwood plays alongside Tiger in Masters

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ACTION MAN: Tommy Fleetwood. Photo Getty Images

LANCASTRIAN Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the opportunity to tee up alongside the resurgent four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods after the Englishman was drawn with the American golfing legend for the first two rounds of the opening major of the season at Augusta National.

The 27 year old will join the 14-time major winner and Australian Marc Leishman with all eyes on Woods after his recent return to form following years of well-documented injury problems.

Fleetwood is in a fine run of form, having successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA title in January while his worst European Tour finish in five starts this season is a share of 17th place.

With anticipation over Woods’ return to Augusta at fever pitch, Rory McIlroy incredibly comes into this week under the radar somewhat despite also finding form – returning to the winners’ circle last month following a winless 2017 season – as he chases an historic Grand Slam.

Fleetwood said:  “My game feels good at the moment. I feel like I’ve been preparing for quite a while. My first Masters was last year and I didn’t see too much sunshine so it’s nice to see the course without a cloud in the sky and with the shadows. It’s nice to have that buzz around it. It’s been lovely so far.

“The first real Masters I watched was 1997, when Tiger won his first. A few years on and I get to play with him and I don’t think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the Masters, especially with what’s going on in golf at the moment.

“All that said, I’m only bothered about me. Whatever he does is not my problem, I’ve got to get on with my own stuff. But it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s very cool.

“He was in his pomp when I was growing up. There was something about this week where I thought to myself, for some reason, I’m going to get Tiger Woods this week. I walked to the putting green at about 11 o’clock today and it was the biggest mass of people you could see imagine around here, just to see him and Phil walking off the 18th green so you get an idea of how busy it’s going to be.

“As well as concentrating on my stuff I’ll get to watch him up close and see what he does and there’s nothing better than that.”

Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, will defend his title following a life-changing 12 months which included marrying wife Angela before celebrating the birth of his first child Azalea – named after the famous 13th hole at Augusta in a nod to his maiden Major triumph this time last year.

 

 

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