Tommy Fleetwood is making his Sentry Tournament of Champions debut.
The Englishman did just about everything but win a tournament in 2023. He’s fortunate that isn’t a prerequisite to come to Kapalua anymore.
Clearly he’s of the caliber of player that belongs at this event. He racked up eight top-10s against just three missed cuts in 2023 to boost his end-of-year OWGR ranking from No. 23 to No. 14.
Not to mention, he was once again a stalwart in helping the European Ryder Cup team to victory this fall. Fleetwood has been crushing it in recent months with four top-10s in his previous seven starts.
He came close to hoisting a trophy in his last start, finishing T-2nd and two shots back in November at the DP World Tour Championship.
Fleetwood had one of his best years at the major championships. He made the cut and finished 33rd or better in all four, including T-5th at the U.S. Open and T-10th at The Open Championship.
The 32-year-old had an ultra-consistent season on the PGA Tour in 2022-23. He ranked fifth in Strokes Gained: Total (1.699) and was 33rd or higher in every SG category.
It was a jump from 23rd (1.050) in SG: Total in 2021-22.
Fleetwood is not a bomber, but he’s got enough distance to get it done at a big ballpark like we’ve got this week.
An Englishman has never won this tournament since it began in 1953. I see Fleetwood as one of the nation’s best chances in 2024.