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Fleetwood pips Uihlein to French Open win
July 2, 2017 / 5:10 PM / 5 months ago

Fleetwood pips Uihlein to French Open win

PARIS, England (Reuters) - Englishman Tommy Fleetwood continued his impressive recent form with a five-under-par final round of 66 to win the French Open by one shot ahead of Peter Uihlein on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Jun 18, 2017; Erin, WI, USA; Tommy Fleetwood plays his shot from the first tee during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Erin Hills. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

The American needed to chip in from the bunker on the final hole to force a playoff but his shot went wide, leaving Fleetwood, watching on TV in the clubhouse, to celebrate his third European Tour victory by hugging his family.

The 26-year-old from Southport, who went into the final round one shot behind co-leader Uihlein, finished on 12-under par.

Swede Alexander Bjork, Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark finished four shots off the pace.

“I didn’t mis-strike a shot at all,” said Fleetwood, who last month finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

“I played great today. I felt comfy. It’s always great to test your game and test what you work on every day under the ultimate pressure.”

Reporting by Neil Robinson in London; Editing by Ken Ferris

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