Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy

He may have only made one Ryder Cup appearance to date, but Tommy Fleetwood wrote his name into the long and storied history of the biennial contest in Paris in 2018.

As he turns 29 today, we look back at that magical performance in the French capital.

After his standout season in 2017 – where Fleetwood won twice en route to becoming Race to Dubai champion – it was a near certainty that he would be part of Thomas Bjørn’s 12-man European side.

Following a number of eye-catching performances in 2018, namely a successful defence of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title and matching the lowest ever round in U.S. Open history – 63 – the Englishman arrived at Le Golf National with a growing reputation.

What came next surpassed all expectations, though.

Four points from five matches – equalling the best return by a European rookie. Scalps of four Major Champions – Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed (twice) and Tiger Woods (thrice). And, most memorably, the birth of ‘Moliwood’ who captured the imagination of golf fans worldwide both on the course and off it.

“I would have been happy enough with my season anyway,” Fleetwood said following his dream debut. “But that pairing with Fran made it a 2018 I will never forget.”

Since that superb showing at The 2018 Ryder Cup Fleetwood has returned to the world’s top ten, won another Rolex Series event and challenged for more Major honours – finishing second in last year’s Open Championship.

Set to be a key player in many Ryder Cups to come we want to say happy birthday Tommy – here’s to being a part of Team Europe for the foreseeable future.

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