Tommy Fleetwood motors into British Masters lead but wheels nearly come off when he hits into cart


TOMMY FLEETWOOD is really motoring at the British Masters — but the wheels almost came off when he hit his ball into a golf buggy!

Thursday January 01, 1970

The Englishman, 27, had just moved into a share of the first-round lead with a birdie at Walton Heath when he carved his tee shot over the green at the short 17th.

Thursday January 01, 1970

It bounced into the cup holder of a buggy — and after taking a free drop the Southport star failed to get up and down, slipping to his only bogey.

But he bounced back, hitting a monster drive at the 18th and stroking home a ten-footer for the birdie that put him back on top of the leaderboard alongside countrymen Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell.

Fleetwood grinned: “If I’d knocked it a few more inches off target I would have ruined the guy’s beer.

Thursday January 01, 1970

“I’ve never had anything like that happen to me before but it was a bad shot and without the buggy it could have ended up in an even worse spot.

Tommy Fleetwood’s ball ended up in a cup holder in the buggy
The Ryder Cup hero shares the lead at the British Masters after round one

“It was disappointing not to save par but the birdie at the last felt even better after that. It was a great way to finish a round.”

At five-under-par, Fleetwood is six shots ahead of Moliwood sidekick Francesco Molinari, who he is chasing at the top of the Race to Dubai.

That gives him a great chance of cutting into the Italian’s lead. But Fleetwood refused to get carried away.

He added: “Frankie’s a long way ahead of me and there’s so much golf to be played here and over the next five weeks that it’s impossible to say how this will finish up.

Fleetwood waits for a ruling after hitting into the cart

“I just have to keep playing as well as I can and hope it’s good enough.”

Pepperell grabbed a share of the limelight thanks to an outrageous hole-in-one at the 172-yard ninth.
His ball bounced onto the top of the flag, ricocheted backwards and span spectacularly into the hole.