Tommy Fleetwood: UAE is ‘very important’ to the future of professional golf

Dubai-resident Tommy Fleetwood has stated he believes the UAE is very important to the future of professional golf.

Fleetwood won his seventh DP World Tour title at the Dubai Invitational on Sunday, carding birdies on the final two holes to clinch the title.

The triumph mark the 32-year-old’s third career victory in the UAE – a country he now calls home after recently making the move.

When asked how important the UAE is to the future of pro golf, Fleetwood said: “Well, I think very. I grew up dreaming of playing on the DP World Tour.

“I’m from England, and I grew up dreaming of playing on this tour, and a lot of my heros are on this tour and the Middle East has been a big part of that for a long time.

The World No. 11 won for the first time since 2022 on Sunday

“Living here, I always get to see a lot here and play a role in the development of young golfers out here and how big the game is for the nation.

“I think it’s very important. I think it’s held a place in the world of golf for a long time, and it should do for a long time in the future. I think everybody has great things to say about here.

“You have iconic golf courses. People watch tournaments played on this courses year-in, year-out, the same courses, and I think people are very, very passionate about the game.

“I don’t know what the numbers are, but there’s definitely a strong ratio for people playing the game.

“There’s not so many golf courses in terms of the actual numbers, and I just think that will continue to grow.

“I think more golf courses will be built. I think more people will take up the game and I think it will keep growing here. So it definitely has a strong place in the world of golf.”

Fleetwood tees it up this week in the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, teeing off on Thursday 18th January 2024.

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