2021 Ryder Cup Preview: What to Expect from Tommy Fleetwood

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The Ryder Cup competition between Europe and the United States begins this week at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The top 12 players from each side will meet with the winner taking home one of the most coveted trophies in golf.

As the teams prepare for competition, we will be doing the same by previewing the players in this year’s event. Today, we look at Team Europe’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Ryder Cup experience – This will be Fleetwood’s second Ryder Cup appearance. He made his debut in 2018 and was a tremendous success. He went 4-1-0 overall, including a 2-0-0 record in four-ball and a 2-0-0 record in foursomes. He lost his singles match to Tony Finau 6&4.

Worldwide experience – Fleetwood has eight professional wins, including five on the European Tour. His most recent win came in 2019 when he took home the title from the Nedbank Golf Challenge, where he topped Marcus Kinhult in a playoff. Fleetwood has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship twice (2017 and 2019).

What to expect – If 2018 is any indication, Fleetwood should be really good in the 2021 Ryder Cup. With that being said, he’s not playing nearly as well now as he was three years ago.

In 18 starts on the PGA Tour last season, Fleetwood made 14 cuts. However, he had just a pair of Top 10 finishes and just four Top 25s. His best showing was a T5 at the WGC-Match Play.

Fleetwood is another one of those “team” guys that Team Europe seems to have many of. He will put himself aside for the betterment of the team. And that’s exactly what captain Padraig Harrington wants him to do.

As he was in 2018, Fleetwood will be a factor this year. For Team Europe’s sake, they hope the Fleetwood of three years ago shows up at Whistling Straits.