Tommy Fleetwood has a pair of solid performances at Narashino Country Club he can fall back on.
The Englishman posted rounds of 71-69-67-67 in 2019 to take T-22nd. He finished sixth in the field in driving accuracy (67.31%) and was T-6th in greens in regulation (75%).
Fleetwood improved when the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP returned to Japan in 2021. Rounds of 67-68-70-70 earned him T-7th. He made two eagles in round one with one on the par-5 sixth and the other on the par-5 18th.
“It’s just a really good test of golf,” Fleetwood described Narashino CC in 2021 in a transcript by Tee Scripts. “You have to hit the fairways. Ball is pretty much uncontrollable out of the rough, which is how it should be. Then the greens, the greens are really fast with a lot of slope.”
Fleetwood comes into the week on a streak of six made cuts between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. That stretch is highlighted by T-4th finishes at the Genesis Scottish Open and The Open Championship.
The 31-year-old took T-39th last week at the Acciona Open de Espana Presented by Madrid. This will be his 2022-23 PGA Tour season debut.
Fleetwood ranked fifth on the PGA Tour last season in strokes gained around the green per round (.467) and 26th in SG putting (.375). It’s fitting that a guy some say looks like Jesus can perform miracles on and around the greens.
Fleetwood was 23rd in total SG (1.050). Despite the lack of high-end finishes we expect from him, Fleetwood is still a steady player who only missed two cuts in 2021-22.