'Hurting, Gutted, Dejected' - Tommy Fleetwood Reacts To Open Championship Performance

The Englishman carded rounds of 71 and 72 over the weekend to finish nine shots back of Brian Harman

Tommy Fleetwood is consoled by his caddie
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Going into the weekend, Tommy Fleetwood stood a good chance of contesting for the Claret Jug, with the Englishman five shots back of eventual winner, Brian Harman.

However, following a level-par round on Saturday, which included just one birdie and one bogey, he would need a wonder round on Sunday. Fleetwood, though, struggled yet again on the greens, with his round being summed up on the 17th when he took a triple bogey six.

A huge fan favourite, Fleetwood was consoled by his caddie, Ian Finnis on the 18th green, a hole he in fact birdied, with the onlooking spectators still cheering on the Englishman as he walked off the final green.

Following his round, Fleetwood posted a tweet at 10.30pm, with the 32-year-old stating: "Hurting, gutted, dejected. All I can say right now is thank you to everyone for the support & love and for making some of the most amazing memories chasing a dream in front of you. Congrats Brian. You were outstanding and so deserving of this win! We’ll be back. See you at work."

To be fair, in rainy conditions, Fleetwood came out of the blocks well on the final day, with four pars being followed by a lengthy birdie putt that gave the crowds hope, especially as it was the club that had let the Englishman down on Saturday.

However, as the round wore on, the putter cooled off, with that being none more on show than at the par 4 14th when his birdie putt from six-foot drifted by. A par at the next followed, but a triple bogey at the 17th, which involved two fat chips, all but summed up his day.

Despite the round, Fleetwood was his usual self as he interacted with his fans after. Along with the spectators, the Englishman was also pictured with Tron Carter from No Laying Up, who had made the journey over to Royal Liverpool to watch Fleetwood in action.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x