FLEET­WOOD SHOT ‘NEVER LOOKED LIKE SNIFF­ING LAND’

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A bad sec­ond shot at the fi­nal hole of the Honda Clas­sic in Florida on Sun­day cost Tommy Fleet­wood a chance for his first PGA Tour vic­tory.

Need­ing a birdie at the par-5 to force a play­off, Fleet­wood tried to fade a five-wood from 235 yards, but hit a big slice that was des­tined for a wa­tery grave from the mo­ment it left the club­face at PGA Na­tional in Palm Beach Gar­dens. It prob­a­bly did not help that a spectator seemed to yell “get in the hole” while the English­man was still in his back­swing.

“It never looked like sniff­ing land,” Fleet­wood said. “It wasn’t a good feel­ing for the next 10 min­utes.

“There are fine mar­gins in this game. Hit a shot like I did yes­ter­day, two putts and we’re in the play­off. That’s golf.”

With the sub­se­quent bo­gey, West­wood fin­ished at 4-un­der-par 276 for third place, two strokes be­hind South Korean win­ner Im Sung-jae.

It was the lat­est close call for Fleet­wood, who is win­less in 65 ca­reer starts on the PGA Tour, de­spite seven top-three fin­ishes.

But he vowed not to be too hard on him­self.

“I didn’t do much wrong re­ally,” said the 54-hole leader, who carded a clos­ing 71.

“Just be­cause I’ve made bo­gey on the last here, you don’t have time to go away and sit and sulk about it.

“I don’t feel like I’m get­ting worse at golf.” | Reuters

Tommy Fleet­wood

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