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Fleetwood is staying cool at The Open in quest to break Major duck

Patience first: Tommy Fleetwood isn’t panicking
Patience first: Tommy Fleetwood isn’t panicking

By Phil Casey

Tommy Fleetwood is determined to keep a sense of perspective as he looks to end the Major season on a high at The Open at Royal Portrush.

Fleetwood was expected to contend for one of the game's biggest prizes this year after his consistent displays in 2018, the Ryder Cup star finishing 17th in The Masters, second in the US Open after a record-equalling 63 in the final round, 12th in The Open and 35th in the US PGA.

However, so far this season his best result is a tie for 36th at Augusta and the 28-year-old also failed to convert chances to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship.

"It's easy to say it's disappointing but there's no disasters going on," said Fleetwood after a tie for 23rd in the Irish Open. "I've not got loads out of the week and it's easy to be disappointed but you have to keep perspective.

"It's not like I've missed the cut by a mile and am going home trying to reinvent the wheel.

"I felt more comfortable with my long game and I don't like being that person who is frustrated because I feel I have a good sense of what's good and bad.

"When you know you're capable of more and you're not quite doing it, it's difficult.

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"The Open is around the corner but whether it happens next week or down the line, there's always massive things to play for and you just have to be patient."

Fleetwood's previous experience of Royal Portrush in the 2012 Irish Open is a "bit of a blur" as it came during his first full year on the European Tour, but Fleetwood will still expect to improve on his Major performances in Northern Ireland.

"I've done well in them and at times this year I've been really good," Fleetwood added. "I'd take the three finishes I've had so far and a win at The Open."

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