Fleetwood rues missed chances after another second-place Major finish

The Englishman was unable to overhaul Shane Lowry but remains confident his time will come.

Lowry and Fleetwood on the 18th.
Lowry and Fleetwood on the 18th.
Image: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

TOMMY FLEETWOOD FOUND it hard to take solace in his second-place finish at The British as he failed to reel in Shane Lowry at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

The Englishman finished six shots behind Lowry after shooting a three-over-par round of 74 in horrendous weather conditions.

But he was left to rue a series of missed chances early on to put pressure on the Irishman.

“If I could pick one event it would be The Open. It’s my dream, and it always will be and you’re teeing off in the last group on Sunday with a very, very good chance,” said Fleetwood.

“It feels a lot rougher finishing when you feel like you’ve come so close to what you’ve dreamt as a kid.”

Fleetwood was still in the hunt at four shots back with six to play, but a double-bogey at the 14th realistically ended his challenge, having also finished second at the US Open in 2018.

“Them first few holes, when you start four back are pretty crucial. I didn’t do a good enough job of sort of pressing at that point,” he added.

“Struggled in the middle and four back with six to go and still in it, but 14 was a killer blow.”

American Tony Finau was the only player in the final 10 groups to not finish over par for the day as howling wind and heavy rain made low scoring nearly impossible.

But Fleetwood paid tribute to Lowry’s ability to handle the conditions and the tension to win his first major title with a 72 to finish 15-under par.

“When we got on to eight, nine, 10, just shocking, shocking weather. It was really, really difficult. I made a par on nine that felt like a birdie,” added Fleetwood.

“It was just tough. I think everybody would have got to a point and start going backwards.

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“When the winds are like that on a links course, it plays hard, that’s just the way it is. You’ve got to do your bit.

“I think that makes Shane’s round of one-over even more impressive, controlling the day like he did.”

- © AFP 2019

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