Tommy Fleetwood is gracing Riviera for the fourth time in his career.
The long-locked Englishman is also looking for his fourth made cut at the Genesis Invitational. He debuted in 2018 with T-37th (70-71-73-69) and kept improving to T-28th (70-69-70-71) in 2019 and T-20th (68-70-71-70) in 2023.
“...it's a ball-striker's course, for sure,” Fleetwood was transcribed in 2018 by Tee Scripts. “You have to hit it well with some really strong holes. Kind of felt like you can get sucked into taking lines on on doglegs a little bit and you've got to be careful of that, so pick your start lines well.”
Fleetwood is teeing it up for the second time in the U.S. in 2024. He’s coming off of a week of rest following T-31st at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
The 33-year-old is already a winner on the DP World Tour where he overtook Rory McIlroy on Sunday to win a thrilling Dubai Invitational.
Fleetwood couldn’t complete the Dubai double dip (the Dub-le dip?) the next week, but he still flashed good form to take T-14th at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic where McIlroy got it done.
Fleetwood is still seeking that long-awaited first PGA Tour win. His day ought to come soon.
Riviera is a venue that should reward the way he drives it. Fleetwood was 24th on the PGA Tour last season in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (.389) and was sixth in total driving (14th distance, 82nd accuracy).
He’ll feel right at home in the cooler conditions this week and pick up his first stateside top-10 of many more to come.