Tommy Fleetwood has revealed his dream fourball will always involve his kids and his dad.
The newly-named England Golf ambassador might be one of the world’s top professionals, a five-time winner on the DP World Tour and a Ryder Cup star.
But for Fleetwood – an ordinary guy who fell in love with the game playing on the many links courses around Southport – golf is much more than his profession. It’s his passion.
Golf allows him to connect with friends and family. It’s a game that provides a source of fun and joy that deserves to be shared among as wide an audience as possible.
This pure love of the game – in all its forms – shines through in the latest edition of the England Golf podcast.
“I’d love for golf to be the first sport kids turn to when they are not in school on Saturday and Sunday.”
During the podcast, Fleetwood also discusses:
- Winning the English Men’s Amateur title in 2010
- His pride in representing England
- Promoting junior golf
- A burning desire to win The Open that will never fade
- The sense of calm he felt amid the chaos of a Ryder Cup
The 31-year-old has joined forces with England Golf, the governing body which gave him the platform to perform as a young amateur, in a bid to encourage others to pick up a club.
Fleetwood joins LPGA winner and fellow England Golf graduate Bronte Law as an ambassador and will help promote positive messages about the game to golfers of all ages and abilities.
“I have a massive interest in junior golf and growing the game,” Fleetwood tells the podcast.
“I believe so much in the good the game can do.
“I’d love for golf to be the first sport kids turn to when they are not in school on Saturday and Sunday.
“Golf for me is playing with my friends, kids and dad. Anyone can try it no matter if they’ve never played before or won The Open!
“I want golf to be a source of good for people – I truly believe in what the game can do and I want to pass that on.”
When asked if he still enjoyed heading out with a half set of clubs for a friendly game, Fleetwood added: “I almost enjoy it more – my dream fourball will always be my kids and my dad.
“That’s where I’m happiest.
“It’s easy when it’s your profession to lose sight of what got you into it in the first place, when you constantly have to perform and mistakes mean so much and it’s your source of income.
“I enjoy the game being the game and playing it with the people I love. I get a lot out of that. ”
Also included in the February edition of the podcast:
- England boys’ squad player Josh Hill, 17, (pictured above) lifts the lid on three amazing weeks playing on Tour
- Julia Regis on why International Women’s Day is an opportunity to shine a light on female participation
- Blind golfer Andy Gilford and guide Steve Killick explain the joys of teamwork.
To find the latest edition of the England Golf podcast and the complete back catalog of episodes, click here. Alternatively, search ‘England Golf’ on your usual podcast provider.