New dad Fleetwood on a high

03 October 2017 04:18:51 EST

Tommy Fleetwood has enjoyed an amazing 2017 and he's hoping the startling run of success will continue this week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

The 26-year-old Englishman is a two-time winner this year (in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and Open de France), finished fourth in the US Open, and topped it all last week with news of the birth of his first child.

The Southport golfer tweeted: "The most beautiful and proud moment of my life! Franklin Fleetwood born at 12.33 on 28/9/17 at 7 pounds 6 ounces."

The proud father immediately pulled out of the British Masters, but returns to action at the home of golf and with good reason.

"I'd love to win The Alfred Dunhill Links," he said ahead of the three-course challenge of The Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. "It's my favourite tournament on the schedule so why not? St Andrews would be a dream course to win on.

"I really enjoy the schedule of the week and also playing with our amateur partners makes it very different, very hard work but really challenging and a few laughs thrown in.

"St Andrews is one of my special places, it's got an atmosphere like no other and that also adds to the great environment."

If those words suggest an affinity to the event his record there backs it up. He was runner-up in 2014, finished fifth in both 2011 and 2013, and has only once, in six starts, ended the week outside the top 15.

Moreover, he shares the course record on The Old Course (62) and has carded a 63 at Kingsbarns.

His form has tailed off in recent weeks, but memories of a top ten in the Irish Open and T27th in The Open (after a difficult first round 77) are reminders that he loves links golf.

Fleetwood is 22/1 to win the tournament outright and 11/1 to finish as the top Great Britain and Ireland golfer.

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