Tommy Fleetwood On Pep Guardiola, His Nike Irons And The Ryder Cup

The Englishman was speaking at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth

Tommy Fleetwood On Pep Guardiola
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The Englishman was speaking ahead of the BMW PGA Championship this week at Wentworth

Tommy Fleetwood On Pep Guardiola, His Nike Irons And The Ryder Cup

Tommy Fleetwood heads into the European Tour's flagship event this week at Wentworth as one of the favourites.

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The Englishman is the Race to Dubai champion, has won four European Tour titles and has been inside the world's top 20 for the last year.

Fleetwood plays with Pep Guardiola in the Wednesday Pro-Am and also played with him whilst Man City won the Premier League title as their rivals Manchester United lost to West Brom.

"He's a good character to be around," he said in today's press conference.

"He's quite an inspiring person to be honest. He's a successful person in his own right, and you know, I get on great with him. We stay in touch now, and he's very competitive, so he'll be right up for it tomorrow.

"But yeah, being around people like that can only help you and make you better, whether it's golf or a different sport. If you're hanging around with people that are successful in their sport, it's only going to help you."

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The 27-year-old also spoke about his Nike irons, which he has kept in the bag ever since the company announced their departure from the hardware market almost two years ago.

Fleetwood said that he has no intention of replacing them out any time soon.

"I've got a new set of Nike irons, so they are going to be in the bag for about another two years," he laughed.

"It's very difficult to change when you're so set in your ways. I should branch out eventually probably."

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The Englishman also looks set to make his Ryder Cup debut this September in Paris through the World Points list.

He revealed that he is "desperate" to represent Thomas Bjorn's European Team at Le Golf National, although he's not letting that get in the way of his golf.

"The Ryder Cup, for any of us, is a dream.

"I'm desperate to play in The Ryder Cup, but the more you think about it and the more you put too much pressure on yourself to make it; if I was to go out and start on Thursday with a couple of bogeys and you're thinking about the Ryder Cup in September, it's only going to add pressure."

Tommy Fleetwood currently ranks 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x