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Fleet­wood de­lighted to be back in the groove just be­fore US Open

- By James Cor­ri­gan Sports · Golf · US Open · Tommy Fleetwood · Portugal · United States of America · New York City · Vilamoura

Tommy Fleet­wood en­joyed what he might just be­lieve to be the ideal prepa­ra­tion for this week’s US Open when fin­ish­ing joint-third in the Al­garve yes­ter­day.

The world No16 shot a bo­gey­less 64 in Vil­am­oura and on 13-un­der hur­tled him­self into con­tention in the Por­tu­gal Mas­ters. But overnight leader Ge­orge Coet­zee birdied two of the last three holes for a 66 to beat an­other English­man in Lau­rie Can­ter by two shots, with Fleet­wood an­other shot back along­side Swede Joakim Lager­gren.

Fleet­wood, 29, was a late en­try to the Euro­pean Tour event af­ter de­cid­ing that he needed a tune-up for the test at Winged Foot. And the 2018 US Open run­ner-up was de­lighted with his form, af­ter a patchy spell on the PGA Tour that only brought one top-30 fin­ish in four starts fol­low­ing the res­tart.

“I’m very happy with how I played, it was nice to be in con­tention. I was nowhere near hit­ting it like this in Amer­ica. I’d done some good prac­tice at home in the last few weeks and knew I was work­ing on the right stuff, but I wanted to play be­cause the only way you can tell is out there in com­pe­ti­tion. My putting could be bet­ter, but I am pleased and I’m look­ing for­ward to New York.”

This was Coet­zee’s fifth Tour ti­tle, while Can­ter, 35, cel­e­brated the big­gest pay­day of his ca­reer with a cheque for al­most £100,000. His own 66 builds on his top five at last month’s Wales Open.

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