fleetwood-holds-off-uihlein-to-win-open-de-france.jpg

Fleetwood holds off Uihlein to win Open de France

So far this year, the former top-ranked amateur was second in the WGC-Mexico Championship, second at the Shenzhen International in China, fourth in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills (where he played alongside eventual champion Brooks Koepka in the final round) and, only one week before this latest triumph, T-6 at the BMW International Open in Germany.The Englishman produced a flawless display at Le Golf National to claim victory, while at the same time moving to the top of the Race of Dubai standings. I didn’t mis-strike a shot at all.Asked to explain his rise from outside the world’s top 150 last summer to his new slot among the game’s elite, Fleetwood paid tribute to his support team and happiness off the course.”I played great today. Just to be enjoying golf again is key”. With how strong the Tour is, there’s no reason why people can’t win Majors.”I really can’t wait. Whether I do well or do bad I’m going to have a lot of people rooting for me and that’s going to be lovely”.Fleetwood began the final round one shot off the pace but took sole possession of the lead when almost acing the par-3 second.After three-putting the opening hole Sweden’s Björk managed to birdie the fifth and seventh but then dropped shots on the 12th and 17th but managed to birdie the 18th for his round of 71 and an eight-under-par total.Uihlein could have taken the final round into a play-off but failed to chip in from the bunker, leaving Fleetwood to celebrate his third European Tour victory.Taking a look at the clubs in Fleetwood’s bag, it’s interesting to note the Englishman has continued to put faith in his Nike Vapor Fly woods and Nike VR Pro irons despite the company’s decision to leave the golf equipment business past year.