Sun shines for Fleetwood in Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tanya Simon
November 19, 2019

The Englishman's first win since January 2018 came after he beat Marcus Kinhult at the first extra hole in a play-off at the Gary Player Country Club, earning him a cheque of 2.5million U.S. dollars (£1.93m), the largest on the European Tour.

"There's only a certain several, arrive the conclusion of every single 12 months, that have a chance of successful the Race to Dubai and 3 yrs in I have been lucky to be just one of those fellas each and every time".

"I was struggling with levels of expectation because I wasn't playing how I thought that I should or achieving the things that I wanted to". Everyone starts the Tour at the beginning of the season to get there, and be one of the guys who can actually end up in the top is very special.

Fleetwood admitted that he did not like his chance to finish his career without victories after a disappointing third-round 73 left him six shots overnight, but he was delighted with his performance under pressure on the stretch in Sun City having emerged in the contest with the back Eagles with their backs around the curve and another in length 14.

England's Tommy Fleetwood had the presence of mind to acknowledge how fortunate modern golfers are to play in an era of largesse after winning the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

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"It's an absolute privilege to have a chance of winning the Race to Dubai", added Fleetwood.

Fleetwood's fifth European Tour win is his first since January 2018 and the culmination of an incredibly consistent run of form that has seen him make 41 consecutive cuts worldwide. "I made a great up and down at the first hole and then again at the third and the day could have been completely different without them". "I mean I might go out next week and play bad, but that's golf and this experience will live with me forever". The Englishman created par and Sweden's Kinhult a bogey in the playoff on No. 18.

All of Fleetwood's eagles came on par-five holes, but as was the case all week he battled on the shorter holes and bogeys on 11th, 12th and 16th halted his victory charge, though he still carded comfortably the low round of the day. But I'm happy for the challenge and I'm very ready.

MacIntyre will be the sole Scot in the 50-man field in Dubai, where the biggest prize in golf of $3m will be up for grabs, after Richie Ramsay and Scott Jamieson both saw their season end in South Africa.

Lombard could not recover from a poor start and limped to a five-over-par 77 and a share of eighth place with rookie Robert McIntyre on 282.

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