Rory McIlroy challenged players with a career remark, and Tommy Fleetwood responded.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD reacted in typical fashion to his Ryder Cup partner Rory McIlroy’s query on why some players don’t play on the PGA Tour.
As golf’s greatest tournament continues at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the 30-year-old is helping Europe retain the Ryder Cup against the United States. After securing points in the foursomes and fourballs yesterday, Team USA now has a six-point advantage over Europe, with three-to-one victory in each session. On a dreadful day for Europe, Fleetwood and partner Viktor Hovland each earned half a point for their team in the last foursome on Friday.
The Southport native, who is presently ranked ninth in the world, was not chosen for Saturday’s foursomes, but will most likely return later in the afternoon when the foursomes resume.
On Sunday, he’ll be hoping to earn a point in his singles event, which pits 12 players from both teams against each other.
McIlroy, Fleetwood’s teammate and a four-time major champion, had a disappointing day on the course, failing to score any points for Team Europe.
Padraig Harrington, Europe’s captain, spoke of his team’s enthusiasm and unity, while Fleetwood was questioned about remarks made by McIlroy that appeared to be directed at players like himself.
Last year, Fleetwood was one of the British golfers who chose to remain in the UK after the PGA Tour (the US tour) resumed play.
The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on the PGA Tour, as well as all other sporting events around the world, including the Ryder Cup.
Players who want to join the PGA Tour will be forced to enter a 14-day self-quarantine when they arrive in the country, as part of the limitations.
At the time, McIlroy questioned why some players would choose not to participate in the tour, arguing that guys like Fleetwood should “if they cared about their futures.”
However, Fleetwood responded by saying he wasn’t bothered by McIlroy’s remarks and that he understood why they were made.
“Someone like Rory is asked a lot of questions all the time and he clearly just stated his opinion,” Fleetwood remarked to Sky Sports last year.
“There are no hard feelings about that; it’s just the way the world works.”
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