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Tommy Fleetwood proves he can compete with the best in major competition

After finishing fourth at this year’s US Open at Erin Hills, Tommy Fleetwood is proving to the world – and himself – that he can compete with the world’s best golfers in the big major events.

Until this past weekend, Fleetwood had only made the cut once in seven major appearances, finishing on 11-under and alone in fourth place following a final round of 72. Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Xander Schauffele were a shot further back in fifth.

"I've never contended for a major before, so when you get to Saturday and Sunday you've got to see how you react and how you feel," said Fleetwood.

"I felt on Saturday I played great. Today my game wasn't quite there, but still got it round in level par. I scrapped a little bit for it, but I felt fine. I felt comfortable.

"I enjoyed playing late on Saturday and Sunday and then next time, whenever that comes, I know that inside myself I feel fine and I can contend for the victory."

Heading into the US Open, Fleetwood was languishing a lowly 188th in the World Rankings around last September, but since linking up with former coach Alan Thompson and recruiting old friend Ian Finnis as caddie, has upturned his form dramatically.

The 26-year-old from Southport was quick to praise his Finnis, saying: "He actually started caddying for me a year ago next week, so this was our anniversary I feel.

"When he started I couldn't hit it and I was missing cuts for fun. A year on we were playing late on a Sunday in a major, so that's a nice way to cap it off.

"He's brilliant. He'd never really done that before when he started coming on my bag. But I think what was underestimated was how well he knew me, how well he knew my game.

"He loves golf himself. He's a good golfer himself. And all of those things put together makes him a great caddie for me. I can't fault his work ethic, which is a massive part of it for me."

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