Golf is a game of patience, and patience is what’s needed when it comes to seeing Tommy Fleetwood’s true potential.
The Race to Dubai champion started the year on a high, finishing first in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and landing sixth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
But recently his form has dipped as Fleetwood was placed 20th in the BMW PGA Championship after an unfortunate third-round 77.
Despite this, the Southport professional was confident he could perform at the Italian Open on the back of consecutive top-10 finishes in the event.
And whilst Fleetwood did not post any bad rounds, there were simply players on the day that were better, leaving him a disappointing 23rd.
But success could happen for Fleetwood as the golfing season enters one of the most watched events of the year, the U.S. Open.
Before last year’s event, the media were quick to point out that Fleetwood had lost his touch as he posted unpredictable rounds, failing at times to make the cut.
Yet, at the 2017 U.S. Open, Fleetwood exceeded expectations with an impressive score, ultimately finishing fourth.
To be able to perform that kind of turnaround, after many raised doubts about whether he’d be champion again, is nothing short of remarkable.
And whilst American media may shun Fleetwood compared to the likes of Jordan Spieth – he has always been capable of doing the unimaginable.
His driving, whilst sometimes lacking accuracy, has begun to pick up, suggesting he may have had teething issues with his new TaylorMade driver.
And as we saw on the third round of this year’s Masters, Fleetwood drained five straight birdies, vastly improving both his iron play and putting precision.
The biggest difference between Fleetwood and other world ranking players is his mindset.
He doesn’t allow nerves and frustration to cloud his judgement when it comes to the next hole or the next round. You’ll never see Fleetwood throw a shoe into the crowd or his club into a Doral lake; he remains composed when others become unsettled.
The U.S. Open should give us a better indication as to where his game is, especially as he has yet to shoot a round under 65 this year; but one thing for sure, Fleetwood has all the skills and qualities to win the next major.