Fleetwood strives to be ready for the changes to come in golf – Sports

MADRID (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood is playing again after a long layoff, and he’s preparing for expected structural changes to the game brought on by the Saudi-funded LIV Golf tour.

Fleetwood will play for the first time at the Spanish Open this week, his third tournament after the death of his mother. The Englishman, ranked 30th, is one of the two best players on the pitch, with local favorite Jon Rahm ranked sixth.

For Fleetwood, getting back to top form quickly and achieving good results again is crucial as the golf world goes through turmoil following the establishment of LIV Golf and ahead of likely changes that could affect rankings and how points are awarded. to players.

“Obviously the structure of golf is changing and we don’t know what it’s going to look like,” Fleetwood told The Associated Press ahead of a practice round at Madrid’s Club de Campo Villa on Wednesday. “We’ll have to wait and see, but whatever happens, I always think if you play well the opportunities come and that’s exactly what I want to keep doing.”

Fleetwood said he tries not to worry about the details of what will happen to the sport, just to improve his game.

“I don’t want to focus on that too much,” Fleetwood, 31, said. “I just want to make sure I’m the best player I can be and that should take care of that.”

The Englishman didn’t play for more than two months after his mother passed away in July. His last tournament at that time had been the British Open, when he finished tied for fourth place. He had also drawn for fourth place at the Scottish Open the previous week. In May, he finished tied for fifth in the PGA Championship.

“The results were coming in,” he said. “Nothing has to change drastically. Just keep doing the same things. I’ve had good results this year so I think you just have to stay on the same path and the big results will come back.

Fleetwood was back in action at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month, where he finished tied for 57th. He then finished tied for 22nd in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews last week, eight strokes behind winner Ryan Fox.

“It’s good to be back,” Fleetwood said. “I feel like I’m playing very consistently and I’m working hard. I hope it’s going to be a good week. I hope to be able to be in contention on Sunday. I’ve been happy with my consistency this year and hopefully I can continue to improve and start getting bigger results again.

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