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'I take my career seriously': Tommy Fleetwood holds no hard feelings towards Rory McIlroy over USA quarantine jibe


Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were team-mates at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were team-mates at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were team-mates at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Tommy Fleetwood says he will harbour no ill-feeling over Rory McIlroy's jibe towards golfers who hadn't flown to the USA for the PGA Tour's return.

The top American tour got back to action on June 11 and this week hosts its fifth tournament since the restart.

The European Tour, meanwhile, is only back this week, beginning with two dual-ranking events alongside the Challenge Tour in Austria and then ramping up its activities with a six-week UK-swing.

Fleetwood was among the players not to make the journey to the US, where arriving golfers have to quarantine for 14 days before being eligible to compete.

There had been questions over the fairness of the Official World Golf Ranking reopening while only one tour was in action, but McIlroy shot from the hip, saying that players would have been in America for the restart if they 'care about their careers'.

Fleetwood, who has dropped from 10th to 12th in the rankings over recent weeks, has been keen to stress that there will be no impact to his relationship with his Ryder Cup team-mate.

“Someone like Rory gets asked a lot of questions all the time and he clearly just gave his opinion,” he told Sky Sports.

“There are no hard feelings about that, as that’s just what makes the world go around.

“I can answer in terms of myself, I obviously feel like I take my career seriously, but it’s just one of those things.

“He said what he felt and that’s absolutely fine and we will be just the same when we see each other.

“I think he does an amazing job at always giving answers and showing his side of things, and that was just his version of it.”

Fleetwood is now setting off for the US where, after his 14-day quarantine, he will kickstart his 2020 season at the 3M Open on July 23, followed by the WGC-FedEx-St Jude Invitational and the PGA Championship.

McIlroy is having another week off before returning to action at next week's Memorial Tournament but Graeme McDowell has entered the Workday Charity Open, which begins on Thursday.

Belfast Telegraph