Cape Town - Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the opportunity to tee it up
alongside the resurgent four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods, after
the Englishman was drawn with the American for the first two
rounds of the opening Major of the season at Augusta National.
will tee it up alongside the 14-time Major winner and Australian Marc Leishman
with all eyes on Woods after his recent return to form following years of
well-documented injury problems.
"The first real
Masters I watched was 1997, when Tiger won his first. A few years on and I get
to play with him and I don't think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the
Masters, especially with what's going on in golf at the moment," said Fleetwood.
"All that said,
I'm only bothered about me. Whatever he does is not my problem, I've got to get
on with my own stuff. But it doesn't get much better than that. It's very cool.
"He was in his
pomp when I was growing up. There was something about this week where I thought
to myself, for some reason, I'm going to get Tiger Woods this week. I walked to
the putting green at about 11 o'clock today and it was the biggest mass of
people you could see imagine around here, just to see him and Phil walking off
the 18th green so you get an idea of how busy it's going to be," said the 2017 Race of Dubai champion.
"As well as
concentrating on my stuff I'll get to watch him up close and see what he does
and there's nothing better than that."
Fleetwood is in a fine run of form himself having successfully defended his Abu
Dhabi HSBC Championship in January while his worst
European Tour finish in five starts this season is a share of 17th
"My game feels
good at the moment. I feel like I've been preparing for quite a while. My first
Masters was last year and I didn't see too much sunshine so it's nice to see
the course without a cloud in the sky and with the shadows. It's nice to have
that buzz around it. It's been lovely so far."
anticipation over Woods' return to Augusta at fever pitch, Rory McIlroy
incredibly comes into this week under the radar somewhat despite also finding
form - returning to the winners' circle last month following a winless 2017
season - as he chases an historic Grand Slam.
meanwhile, will defend his title following a life-changing 12 months which
included marrying wife Angela before celebrating the birth of his first child
Azalea - named after the famous 13th hole at Augusta in a nod to his
maiden Major triumph this time last year.