Fleetwood relishes Tiger pairing

05 April 2018 05:07:13 EST

In 1997 Tommy Fleetwood watched Tiger Woods win the Masters on television and 21 years on the Englishman has been paired with the four-time winner in the first round at Augusta National.

The 27-year-old Englishman's career and life have been transformed over the last two years.

Returning to his old coach and engaging his best friend on the bag have prompted success on the course, marriage and fatherhood have made him happy off it and his year's Masters will only add to that feeling of wonderful change.

"There was something about this week where I thought to myself, for some reason, I'm going to get Tiger Woods," Fleetwood admitted. "He was in his pomp when I was growing up.

"The first real Masters I watched was 1997 when he won his first. A few years on 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.

"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."

Fleetwood finished in fourth at last year's US Open, but that result stands out as the only time he has thrived at a Major.

In his other nine starts in the big four he has missed six cuts, including on his Masters debut last year when carding rounds of 78 and 74.

Fleetwood is 4000/1 to win the tournament outright, 16/1 to be Top European and 30/1 to claim the first round lead.

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