TOMMY FLEETWOOD is the down-to-earth Ryder Cup celebrity lighting up town of affection – thanks partly to his spouse who’s 20 years older than him.
The Southport sensation, 27, has grow to be the primary European rookie since Sergio Garcia in 1999 to win his first three matches.
And he has accomplished it backed by spouse and agent Clare, who he married in a Bahamas ceremony in October final yr.
Their relationship is exclusive, one thing Fleetwood enjoys. Not solely is their bond private, however skilled too.
One American journalist mentioned the US would win the Ryder Cup in France simply as a result of their aspect had “ten Tommy Fleetwoods”.
However the man himself replied: “None of them have lengthy hair and virtually all of them are taller than me, additionally they have American accents and mine is English, and my spouse is 20 years older than me…”
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It was Clare – mum to the couple’s one-year-old son Frankie – who Fleetwood credits with saving his career after he fell out of the world’s top 180 just two years ago.
Clare had two children – Oscar and Mo – from her first marriage and Fleetwood loves helping bring them up too.
In fact, his entire team is made up of his best friends. Giant caddie Ian Finnis is his closest pal and Fleetwood’s swing coach Alan Thompson is godfather to Frankie.
But it is with Clare that love flourished – although long-haired Fleetwood admits she wears the trousers.
He told the Telegraph: “It works very well. I do as I’m told when needed to.
“When we started, we obviously never knew how it was going to go, and I think we were always open to the idea if it didn’t work then we’d try something else, but luckily for us, we get on so well.
“I guess it’s our relationship in a way, but we’ve not had any trouble yet. But then, my entire backroom is formed with people I class as friends first and colleagues second. It’s just the way I am.”
Little Frankie was being pushed round in a pram just yards away from his dad yesterday as he got his first Ryder Cup off a red hot start.
Fleetwood’s grandparents wheeled the buggy around while bald dad Pete screamed support from the sidelines during his foursomes and fourballs wins.
European skipper Thomas Bjorn gave Fleetwood special permission to head straight back to the team hotel to be with Clare and Frankie after play.
And the family time obviously did him good as he combined with Open champion Molinari to take down Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed for the second day in a row.