Jan 23, 2019: Tommy Fleetwood is targeting consistency over titles in 2019 as he aims to keep his place in golf’s elite with a strong performance at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. There are three Indians Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shubhankar Sharma, and S.S.P Chawrasia to join the elite the field.
|Tee||Time||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|10||07:10||Gaganjeet BHULLAR||David DRYSDALE||Trevor IMMELMAN|
|10||07:20||Ryan FOX||Shubhankar SHARMA||Rayhan THOMAS (AM)|
|1||08:20||Andres ROMERO||Bernd WIESBERGER||S.S.P. CHAWRASIA|
There have been 28 aces during the long and storied history of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic but only three on the 190-yard par three 15th, with the last coming in 2012 courtesy of double winner at the Emirates Golf Club, Stephen Gallacher.
This week, there’s an extra incentive for the field to find that one, perfect shot on 15, namely the incredible prize on offer for the first player to make a hole-in-one during competition rounds on the Majlis Course.
The 28 year old Fleetwood is currently the World Number 14 and opened the calendar year with a tied-42nd finish at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club to start the three-legged Desert Swing.
However, despite just one victory during the 2018 season – where he secured his second successive victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Presented by EGA – Fleetwood is not fretting about his record, which currently stands at four European Tour wins.
“2017 was a big rise for me,” Fleetwood said. “2018 was still rising but kind of consolidating my position in a state of the World Rankings.
“This year, there’s still things I need to do in my game. If I just focus on my game and focus on areas of my game I want to improve that will make me the golfer that I kind of envision in a few years time, then I’ll stick to that and hopefully that will press me in the right direction.
“I’m really not looking at results. Every week, you clearly want to win; everybody does, but without sort of picking out too much and putting pressure on and just trying to be a golfer, hopefully things will take care of themselves.”
Fleetwood made just one top-ten finish from six previous appearances at the Emirates Golf Club but managed to produce a best-ever performance of tied-sixth last season and the Englishman is keen to improve his record in Dubai.
He produced career-best displays in all four Major Championships last season and is confident that he will be in contention once again in 2019 and aims to peak at the right time for the events.
“I won’t play the week before a Major this year,” Fleetwood admitted. “Last year, I felt like I played very well for them and that’s something I’ll do. And when I’m there you give it everything for those weeks.
Source – European Tour