Tommy Fleetwood may have just done something the Old Course has never seen

Old Tom Morris would have been proud of this shot Tommy Fleetwood just pulled off at St Andrews before the Dunhill Links Championship.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2022
Tommy Fleetwood may have just done something the Old Course has never seen

We've seen many things at St. Andrews' famous Road Hole on the Old Course over the years - but Tommy Fleetwood may have just accomplished a first. 

Fleetwood, 31, is playing the Dunhill Links Championship at the Home of Golf on the DP World Tour this week. 

Much of the chatter before the event, of course, was about the enduring saga of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

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A posse of LIV players have pitched up in Scotland. Rory McIlroy now appears to have welcomed the idea of peace talks with Greg Norman's league. 

However, it didn't stop the Northern Irishman from claiming that LIV are still making up their own rules, despite urging a swift resolution. 

But back to Fleetwood, who has been paired with LIV player Branden Grace this week. 

In his practice round, Fleetwood found himself in the familiar territory over the back of the green. 

Fleetwood, who has won five times on the European Tour, played a magnificent chip but what happened next beggared belief.


Ain't that something?! Knocking in your own pitch shot is one thing, but holing a second ball... that is pure wizardry right there. 

As he rightly points out, St Andrews is definitely a magical place.

It's good to see Fleetwood back on the fairways. He took a brief stint away from the game at back at the back end of last season following a family bereavement. 

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He returned at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and took the early lead with a superb 64. The tournament, as you might remember, was reduced to 54 holes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Fleetwood struggled in the second and third rounds, shooting consecutive rounds of 73 to finish 67th. Shane Lowry won. 

The Dunhill Links Championship begins on Thursday. The tournament pairs a professional with an amateur and uses the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. 

Fleetwood holds the course record at Kingsbarns, where he shot 63 in 2017. 

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