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Tommy Fleetwood
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Fleetwood & Hatton - Rookie Press Conferences

Tommy Fleetwood will experience the proudest moment of his career when he tees it up for Europe as a Ryder Cup player this week at Le Golf National.

The Englishman arives in Paris as the reigning Race to Dubai champion and with happy memories of a Rolex Series victory at the HNA Open de France here last season.

With back-to-back top five finishes at the US Open in the past two seasons as well, Fleetwood knows what it takes to perform on the biggest stage, but he admits the contest between Europe and the United States will be a unique experience.

"It's amazing," he said. "It's been coming for a little while and it's strange. I've known I've been on the Team for a while now but it doesn't become real until it's finalised and the Picks get made and then the guys have been talking about it for the last couple weeks when you're sitting having breakfast or lunch.

 

 

"Arriving at the hotel, walking into your room and you've got all your clothes, your outfits that are lined up, and getting in the team room with all the guys, it's really cool.

"And without a doubt, this morning, whatever time I got up and putting this on, it's the proudest moment of my career. It's very special."

With all his recent achievements, it's easy to forget that the World Number 12 is a rookie this week, although he is backing himself to handle golf's biggest stage.

"This is what we practise for and what we play for week-in, week-out," he said. "The best piece of advice that definitely Poulter's given me, and Rory says the same thing - he says, 'it's the most special you'll ever feel. Whatever nerves you felt up to now, times it by ten, and that's what you have. But this is what you want and this is what we play for, so embrace it, take it all in'.

"As daunting as it can be, it's not a chore to be playing in the Ryder Cup. It's the greatest thing you'll ever do in your career. I'm very excited about whatever those feelings are.

"It's massively different. You're here, there's 12 players, the Captain, the Vice Captains, the backroom staff and there's the whole continent behind you. There's a lot of you in this together, so I think good or bad, you're going to get carried through it all week."

Tyrrell Hatton is another English debutant this week who has shown he can shine on the biggest stage, with his last victory coming in a Rolex Series event at the Italian Open.

He has also had top tens in two World Golf Championships, the US Open and the US PGA Championship in the last 12 months, so he is another rookie well equipped for the pressure cooker of the Ryder Cup.

The 26 year old is known as one of the most passionate characters in golf but he is certain he can channel that energy to good effect this week.

"I'm going to be passionate, I can only be myself," he said. "But saying that, obviously I need to stay as level-headed as possible. This week, if I can kind of keep my head, stay level-headed, that will give myself the best chance to play as well as I can and hopefully that gets rewarded with some points for Europe.

"It is a dream come true. You watch The Ryder Cup as a kid, and all the biggest tournaments in the world and you want to be there when you grow up. So to make the Team, obviously you feel very honoured. It's a fantastic Team and I hope I can play as well as I can and win some points for Europe."