‘I’d have given drama school ago. I was in some plays at school. Billy El­liot was the main one.’

Golf World (UK) - - CONTENTS - Tommy Fleet­wood

Snakes, scars and a fear of im­pend­ing death – the hairy English­man bares his soul.

WSlam­ming the back door of my house and hav­ing the glass fly out and cut into my left fore­arm. I’ve still got the scar to prove it. I would have been about three at the time.

What’s your most an­noy­ing habit?

Ac­cord­ing to my wife it’s that I twist the tooth­paste tube. She rolls from the bot­tom. But I’m a twister. Al­ways have been, al­ways will be.

What scares you the most?

It’s ei­ther snakes or time. Time run­ning out scares me. And the more I think about it, the more it freaks me out. Ba­si­cally, I’m scared of dy­ing.

Ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?

Yes. But I’m not go­ing to ex­pand on that.

What has been your clos­est brush with death?

I’ve been lucky in that re­gard. I was on a plane once when the en­gine failed, but it seemed like they were still in con­trol of things. And I’m still here!

What su­per­power would you most like?

I like the idea of be­ing in­vis­i­ble. But I also fancy be­ing able to tele­port. That would save a lot of hours away from my fam­ily.

If you could travel in time, would you go back­wards or for­wards?

Back­wards. For­wards would be too weird. I’d just like to see what it was like back in the day, maybe back in the 1950s. But I’d avoid 19141918 and 1939-1945, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

What is your main pas­sion out­side of golf?

I’m a big reader. I’m into John Gr­isham novel The Whistler at the mo­ment. And be­fore that it was The Ti­betan Book of the Dead. So my range is quite wide.

Do you have any re­grets in life?

We all do, don’t we? But none I beat my­self up about. Ev­ery­thing is part of the story of our lives I reckon.

What would you do to change the world?

I’d make ev­ery­one a lot friend­lier. I don’t want to be too con­tro­ver­sial, but the peo­ple in charge at the mo­ment aren’t the best. I’d fix that.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

My wife fan­cies Bradley Cooper, so he’d be a can­di­date. But that might be a bit odd for me (laughs). Tom Hanks in Cast­away or run­ning as For­rest Gump work for fairly ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

When did you start grow­ing your beard and your hair?

The hair was first and it has be­come kind of my thing now, es­pe­cially in Amer­ica. It makes me recog­nis­able. And the beard makes me look a bit older than I am. Age­ing me a bit is a good thing.

Have you got any hid­den tal­ents?

I can jug­gle a bit. And I was into drama at school. If not for my golf, I’d have given drama school a go. I was in some plays at school. Billy Elliott was the main one for my GCSE. No, I wasn’t Billy. But I en­joyed it. I don’t try enough things to find out if I’m good at them or not.

What’s your favourite food?

Tuna steak. I ab­so­lutely love a tuna steak.

What’s the best thing about where you’re from?

South­port is where my friends are, the peo­ple I grew up with. I can rely on them to treat me as they have al­ways done. So it’s the peo­ple more than any­thing. I’ll al­ways be from South­port.

What’s your favourite des­ti­na­tion?

St An­drews. I love the town and the course. It’s a great walk­ing-around place.

Where would you like to visit?

There are a few on my list. New York. Cape Town. And New Zealand. I’ve never been to Las Ve­gas ei­ther. I’d love to go to all of those places at some point in my life.

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