VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: Tommy Fleetwood of England and his caddy Ian Finnis on the 17th hole during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club on September 09, 2021 in Virginia Water, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington / Getty Images)
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There are a number of very good players who are still looking for their first win on the PGA Tour. In our current series, we take a look at the players who could claim their first victory next. Today’s topic is Tommy Fleetwood.
This one is a bit deceiving, because the article series is about players who have never won the PGA Tour. Fleetwood has five victories on the European Tour, including two triumphs in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
However, Fleetwood did not win on the PGA Tour. He has made 88 starts but has not yet reached the top.
Fleetwood finished second four times. At the 2017 WGC Mexico Championship, he finished second behind Dustin Johnson. In 2018 he scored a 63 in the finals of the US Open, but was still second behind Brooks Koepka. In 2019 he finished second at the Open Championship and tied (with partner Sergio Garcia) at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
He’s a proven winner overseas, so it’s likely that Fleetwood will take a win at some point.
Fleetwood didn’t have a stellar season on tour last year. He made 18 starts and was within the cut line 14 times. But he only had four Top 25 appearances and only two Top 10. Ironically, those two Top 10 came in March (T10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T5 at the WGC Match Play). He didn’t make the FedEx Cup playoffs.
After a disappointing conclusion to the Ryder Cup, Fleetwood is ready to bounce back and play again as it did in 2018 and 2019. If he can find that game again, Fleetwood would almost certainly take a PGA Tour victory. Whether it happens then or not remains to be seen.