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‘Ryder Cup like:’ Tommy Fleetwood recollects RBC Canadian Open loss

Tommy Fleetwood had a front-row seat for Nick Taylor’s epic 72-foot eagle putt that etched his title into Canadian glory.

When that now-famous putt dropped, Taylor grew to become the primary Canadian to win his nation’s nationwide open in 69 years. He did so on the fourth playoff gap, leaving Fleetwood agonizingly in need of his first PGA Tour victory.

However now, one yr later, Fleetwood mirrored on that second, an expertise he in comparison with the Ryder Cup.

“I’d have liked for it to have gone my approach, however it’s nonetheless very cool to be part of, and the help that I’ve had from the followers right here and the folks concerned within the match has been actually, actually nice, so I do recognize that,” Fleetwood stated Wednesday.

“Persons are nonetheless speaking about [last year’s tournament] and possibly will do for a very long time sooner or later.”

Canadians throughout the nation rejoiced when that putt dropped, which The Toronto Star declared because the nation’s sports activities second of the yr.

“It was really on its solution to being a Ryder Cup,” Fleetwood defined additional.

Tommy Fleetwood, PGA Tour, RBC Canadian Open

Tommy Fleetwood congratulates Nick Taylor on the 2023 RBC Canadian Open.
Photograph by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Photographs

“There have been a few actually cool issues for me. First, the help for Nick; he had a complete nation behind him, and I believe that was wonderful. I do know what that looks like and it’s nice. They weren’t that dangerous with me, they simply positively didn’t need me to win, which was superb.”

Humorous sufficient, one month later, at Royal Liverpool in England, Fleetwood, who hails solely an hour from Hoylake, had the hometown crowd behind him. So sure, if anybody is aware of what it looks like, Fleetwood actually does. It’s possible you’ll recall the cries of “C’mon Tommy-lad” bellow throughout Royal Liverpool regardless of Brian Harman decimating the Open Championship discipline.

However, Fleetwood didn’t have any followers behind him at Oakdale a yr in the past, however he did have a number of gamers stick round to cheer him on.

“A bunch of the European gamers got here out to observe the playoffs, and after I noticed these guys popping out, I assumed that was one of many coolest moments, simply having that help from these guys,” Fleetwood stated.

“For me, that was a extremely touching second, and they’d come out and watch me play and help me as a result of they type of understood what the environment was.”

Fleetwood, who clinched the successful level for Staff Europe in Rome final yr, might really feel the significance of the second final June.

“I believe having tournaments like that and atmospheres like that’s, yeah, an enormous motive why we do what we do,” Fleetwood stated.

Nick Taylor, PGA Tour, RBC Canadian Open

Nick Taylor tosses his putter after holing a 72-foot eagle putt to win the 2023 RBC Canadian Open.
Photograph by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Photographs

“These occasions and people moments reside in everyone’s reminiscence as gamers, actually, they usually’re very, very cool. It was pleasing.”

As quickly as that putt dropped, Fleetwood knew he needed to get out of the best way. However he lingered round for 10 or quarter-hour earlier than departing for Los Angeles for the U.S. Open.

“Wonderful second. I missed Adam [Hadwin] getting tackled. Which may have made me really feel just a little bit higher watching that one, one thing else to speak about,” Fleetwood added with fun.

“Look, it was a really big day, and also you don’t get that each day, however I believe if you do it simply shines a light-weight on the best moments that sport and the sport can provide.”

After all, one of many funniest moments of the PGA Tour got here at Hadwin’s expense. A safety guard tackled Hadwin as he rushed the 18th inexperienced to hitch Taylor in celebration. The video of the incident instantly went viral and continues to be talked about at present.

However Fleetwood, all jokes apart, knew the significance of the second, even in a time of defeat—a testomony to who he’s as an individual and as a competitor.

“It wasn’t my time, it was Nick’s, and the entire of Canada had wonderful moments to recollect and cherish,” Fleetwood stated.

“You play the match, and if you’re completed, you get your stuff, and you permit, and also you go on to the following one. That’s simply how it’s. I flew to the U.S. Open and tried to leap into that occasion as shortly as attainable. Clearly, I knew I used to be enjoying properly, and I needed to give attention to that. However I had a completely incredible time enjoying.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By. You should definitely take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You’ll be able to observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.



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