Down goes Fleetwood

FORMBY, England — Local fans thought they’d got the steal of the century at the beginning of the week. Now all they have is a useless piece of paper.

Tommy Fleetwood was a 28-1 shot with bookmakers Paddy Power on Monday morning even though he lost in last year’s final and entered the championship as the reigning Scottish Stroke Play champion. Fleetwood blew the field away at Murcar last month when he won the Scottish title.

No wonder many locals piled into Paddy Power to back Fleetwood.

The 19-year-old Englishman might have brought them some joy had he played better in his quarterfinal match against Italy’s Matteo Manassero. However, he made some pretty basic errors to give the Italian the match.

Fleetwood hit two chip shots through the green at the 14th and 15th holes to make bogeys and lose to solid pars from Manassero.

They were errors any 20 handicapper probably wouldn’t have made.

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