Tommy Fleetwood: Carnoustie course record means nothing this week

Tommy Fleetwood

You would think that being the course record-holder at Carnoustie would stand you in good stead going into this week’s Open, wouldn’t you?

Not according to Tommy Fleetwood.

The Englishman, whose 63 during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last year is the lowest score ever posted on the famous course, reckons his track record around the Angus links won’t count for much this week because of the firm and fast conditions.

• Jordan Spieth vows to end sluggish form in Open title defence

• Honour for Scots legend as Open tee times are released

“It doesn't do any harm to have a course record, but it's a completely different challenge to what we normally face,” said Fleetwood acknowledging the impact a recent prolonged heatwave has had on the course.

“It is a completely different course. I played yesterday and I’ve just never played it this firm or fast. Shots that you've hit [previously] have literally no relevance for a lot of it. It was definitely apparent that the difficulties this week are probably going to be putting it in play and hitting it in the fairways and go from there.”

Tommy Fleetwood 2

Fleetwood, 27, is heavily fancied to win his first major championship this week, having finished runner-up at last month’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

He admits that the experience has left him buoyed and ready for another crack at the Claret Jug.

• Padraig Harrington's hole-by-hole guide to Carnoustie

“The good thing about having results like the US Open is it is proof to yourself, that you can end up there, and you have the game to eventually compete and, hopefully, win majors. That's what it's all about.

“This week is just another test against the best players in the world in one of the biggest events, if not the biggest event, in world golf. So, I’m looking forward to it.”

Golf News

American Ryder Cup uniforms UNVEILED!
Nordea Masters: Fantasy Golf five to watch
Brooks Koepka's major earnings will make your eyes water
Ex US Open champ facing huge battle to retain PGA Tour card
FYI - This guy is NOT the bookies' favourite for the 2019 Masters

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
Review: Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick tips with Denis Pugh and Peter Barber See all videos right arrow

play button
Clear the hips through impact
play button
Strengthen the clubface at impact
play button
Keep rotating through the ball
play button
How to transition your weight with Peter Barber
See all videos right arrow