Tommy Fleetwood not getting ahead of himself after taking projected Race to Dubai lead
Tommy Fleetwood knows the value of staying focused on his game over the final 36 holes of the European post as he improved his chances of another Race .
Fleetwood went into the top of the estimated standings at the halfway stage of their DP World Tour Championship later he added a”individual” 68 to his opening 67 to make a share of second with Jon Rahm, even though both trail leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera by three shots.
Long-time Race to Dubai pioneer Bernd Wiesberger is six strokes adrift of Fleetwood heading to the weekend, but the Englishman isn’t getting ahead of himself and think forward to the possibility of being crowned European # 1.
“It’s only a traditional case, really, of attempting to stay in the moment and every shot as it comes,” said Fleetwood, who mixed seven birdies with three bogeys on day two in the Jumeirah Golf Estates. “There’s a lot happening over the weekend, there are a whole lot of different scenarios and players in the combination.
“There’s a lot of things going on around you, therefore the more focused you are and the more you can just stay in your bubble, so it will only be a excellent challenge going into the weekend seeking to accomplish that.”
Fleetwood was also happy with his answer to his mistakes because of strengthening cinch and a milder course made for tricky scoring requirements for the second round, including:”It truly helps when you bounce back, and to birdie the last obviously leaves the day with a lovely feel.
“But just have to keep going. I think I have done an excellent job so far of continuing on to the golf photo and staying current. You really don’t understand what’s going to occur. So you need to take each shot as it comes and just do your best, there’s tons of birdies available and a good deal of bogeys as well.
“I am playing really, really well, and that I remained very individual. I felt as though I did a great job of playing with really great golf. It was not easy. The wind really picked up, and it was a difficult day. I believe anything under par could have been a really good day, so four underneath, I’m pleased with.”
Rahm, meanwhile, admitted that he was”jealous” of Rory McIlroy’s marvel at 18 on day one after fitting the entire world No 2 with a gorgeous next to the final hole on Friday afternoon.
McIlroy insisted that his three-wood into some feet on his final hole Thursday was one of the year of the best shots, and the almost-identical effort of Rahm also set-up an eagle at the past to the delight of the packed grandstands.
“I had been jealous of Rory yesterday so I tried to copy that,” said Rahm. “I had had any doubts. It was 236 metres into the pin, 245 to pay the water so it was a to receive all of the way there. It could go in the water and for a three-wood if it overlooked – long right or long abandoned is not a good place to be on that gap.
“Therefore I decided to be courageous on that one and hit as tough a five-wood as I could strike and it came out, so I could not have hit a better shot.”