Tommy Fleetwood "no hard feelings" with Rory McIlroy

Tommy Fleetwood says he has no issue with Rory McIlroy following his recent comments about European players deciding not to travel to play on the PGA Tour.

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Tue, 7 Jul 2020

Tommy Fleetwood says he has no issue with Rory McIlroy and there will be no tension between the pair when they next see each other, despite McIlroy's recent comments about European players who haven't travelled to the United States to play on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy had recently grilled players who decided not to endure the two-week quarantine process and travel to the United States to play on the PGA Tour whilst the European Tour is still on hold, saying "if you really care about your career and care about moving foeward, you should be here."

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Fleetwood is one of the players who decided to stay put in the United Kingdom, despite not having any competitive golf to play and losing out on a lot of World Ranking points that have been up for grabs over the past few weeks.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Fleetwood insisted that there are no hard feelings with the World No.1: "Someone like Rory [McIlroy] gets asked a lot of questions all the time and he clearly just gave his opinion," said Fleetwood. "There's no hard feelings about that, as that's just what makes the world go around.

"I can answer in terms of myself, I obviously feel like I take my career seriously, but it's just one of those things. He said what he felt and that's absolutely fine and we will be just the same when we see each other.

"I think he does an amazing job at always giving answers and showing his side of things, and that was just his version of it."

Fleetwood, currently ranked 12th in the world, will travel to the States and go through the 14-day quarantine process later this month, as he returns to action at the 3M Open, before playing the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, followed by the PGA Championship.

"I guess there's always going to be a little bit of a concern, a little bit of unknown, but in terms of getting back out playing again, I can't wait," Fleetwood added. "I've had a beautiful time at home and I've enjoyed playing golf at home, but it'll be nice to get us back going again.

"Whatever your dreams and goals were [before stoppage] they're still around, it's just been in a slightly different format. It hasn't happened quite like we thought it would in 2020, but they're still all there and hopefully going to happen.

"On a week-to-week basis, everything stays the same. As soon as you get out playing you want to win tournaments and you want to keep improving as a golfer. It's my craft and I want to keep seeing how good I can get."

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