It is unlikely that Tommy Fleetwood will play in the PGA Tour because he does not like to leave his family
Tommy Fleetwood is unlikely to participate in the PGA Tour next month as he is reluctant to leave his family after a ‘strange year’ – but insists that he aims to win the World Golf Championships and the Ryder Cup when he returns
- Tommy Fleetwood has said he doesn’t want to leave his family for four months
- Fleetwood is also expected to keep two weeks of quarantine on both sides of the event
- He says the PGA Tour “just isn’t a consideration” unless his family joins him
- However, he believes this is unlikely after what has been a ‘strange year’
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Tommy Fleetwood will almost certainly be absent when the PGA Tour makes its critically acclaimed return to Texas next month.
Like 24 other international players currently living outside the US, the 29-year-old Englishman struggled with a difficult dilemma on Monday.
The US-based PGA Tour set a deadline on Tuesday for players to provide information about the special visas required to enter America and play at Colonial.
Tommy Fleetwood will almost certainly be absent when the PGA Tour returns next month
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan outlined plans to resume a full schedule in mid-June
“On the one hand, you want to play tournament golf again as soon as possible, but before that I quarantined for two weeks before the event and now two weeks when I came back,” said the world. No 10. “It is a long time, especially after this long period of closure, so it is very unlikely that I will be there for Colonial.”
While many of the American-based players practiced in the US every day in preparation for the resume, Fleetwood, Matt Fitzpatrick and London-based Francesco Molinari were unable to play at all.
Now they face a significant handicap, or at least families like Fleetwood and Molinari. In practice, restrictions on international travel mean that once a player leaves these shores it does not make sense to return until after the US Open or the Ryder Cup in late September.
UK-based Matt Fitzpatrick and Francesco Molinari (pictured) have not trained
“I’m not going to travel to America and stay away for four months, that’s just not a consideration,” said Fleetwood, who lives in Cheshire with wife Clare, teenage step-boys Oscar and Mo, and little son Frankie.
A more likely plan is to travel to America in mid-July and stay there until the Ryder Cup, if it takes place.
“An ideal scenario is that we all spend the summer as a family in America, but we’ll have to go through it and see if the boys want to be gone after such a strange year,” he said.
CAN YOU PLAY GOLF NOW?
So from tomorrow you can play golf in two balls in England, but not in the neighboring country known as the Home of Golf.
You can play in Ireland from Monday, but not Northern Ireland. As for Ian Woosnam’s old course, Llanymynech, with a Shropshire postal address but 15 out of 18 holes
in Wales – where you cannot play – they are waiting for clarification if they can open.
To top it all off, the Prime Minister really told us yesterday that we should … use good old British common sense.
Fleetwood is delighted with the reopening of courses in England on Wednesday.
As a member of four clubs in the Northwest, including two left-wing beauties in West Lancs and Hillside, he said, “I think it will do a lot of people a lot of good in terms of physical and mental health.
“You can hit as many balls indoors as you want, but I’ve always said that golf is meant to be played outside. I can’t wait to play with my dad because it’s been a while since I’ve seen him. ‘
As for which of the three lockdown groups he falls – resistance fighters, sufferers or acceptors – he is definitely the last.
“I honestly loved it,” he said. “I think that if you spend a lot of time on the road, experiencing the daily routine at home is a nice thing.
“I’ve had the chance to see little Frankie grow up, the two-step boys in their phase of life, and I sleep next to my wife every night. Obviously I loved it under different circumstances, but I am thankful for the time we had together. ‘
Unless something happens with regard to the prohibitive quarantine restrictions, it is entirely possible that Fleetwood will be out of competition for four months before playing in Memphis in July. If that happens, he has no intention of giving himself a free pass.
“When I play again, I don’t write anything to rust, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s about finding solutions to various problems, and I’m ready.
“I may have to adjust my goals a bit, but there will still be three majors to play for, World Golf Championships, a Race to Dubai and possibly a Ryder Cup. I start with each of them to win. ‘
Fleetwood says he wants to win the World Golf Championships and the Ryder Cup