Tommy Fleetwood put in a credible performance as Britain’s 3rd highest ranked golfer at the Masters in Augusta last weekend. The Southport-born player ended up tied 36th in the overall standings, behind compatriots Ian Poulter and Matthew Fitzpatrick with a finishing score of two under par (-2).
After playing two steady, if not spectacular opening rounds to make the cut, Fleetwood produced a score of 70 on Saturday. With the par for the course sitting at 72, he produced three birdies to consolidate his position in the top 30, a particular highlight being his shots at the 6th hole. This was only Fleetwood’s third appearance at the Masters, but it looked possible that he could better his 2018 ranking of tied 18th heading into Sunday’s action.
However, after a promising front nine, in which he did not drop a shot and rose to as high as six under par, Fleetwood’s form dropped off on the back nine. A bogey on the 15th hole, where he had played so well week, and consecutive bogies to finish summed up a disappointing end to his Masters showing.
Elsewhere, it looked as if Ian Poulter could mount a serious challenge for the Green Jacket after his score of 68 on Saturday placed him in amongst the leaders. But, much like Fleetwood, Poulter fell away on the final day of action, dropping three shots in just two holes (including a double bogey at the 12th) to finish tied 12th. Fitzpatrick finished tied 21st on -5, but never genuinely threatened to get near the top of the pile.
This meant that Britain failed to have any players in the Masters top 10 for successive tournaments. In contrast, the top 3 has been exclusively occupied by USA golfers over these same tournaments. Ultimately, it was a fairy-tale victory for 4-time Masters champion Tiger Woods, who clinched his first major championship in 11 years after admitting just two years ago to Nick Faldo that he was “done” with the sport.