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Fleetwood - Golf moving in right direction

31st December 2018, 19:33 by Tom McGarry

Tommy Fleetwood believes golf is moving in the right direction but feels it still needs to be more accessible to the masses.

The Englishman has established himself as a major force in the game over recent years, winning numerous titles on the European Tour while he played a major role in Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup success over America.

Fleetwood crowd surfed following Europe’s victory at Le Golf National while his long hair means he does not look like a typical golfer.

The 27-year-old is happy to be seen as a symbol of golf moving forward but, with rule changes to speed up the game and generally simplify play set to come into effect on New Year's Day, he feels the sport can still do more to make it accessible to the public.

"It is not a cliche to say golf is for the well-off. It is the reality. But the old system which used to make it elite is fading away," he told the Mirror.

"With more people playing, the price is going down. It still remains an expensive sport but a new wind is blowing through golf and it is great for this sport.

"If I can contribute a bit to this evolution, I will be delighted.

"I don’t need to do a lot. I don’t have the look of a golfer. Do I look like a rock star? I didn’t make it playing guitar so I started playing golf!

"Seriously, as a father, I want golf to be cool for my children. Easy to access. If they want to play in tracksuits and trainers, why not?"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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