/Local lad Fleetwood back at Birkdale as an Open contender

Local lad Fleetwood back at Birkdale as an Open contender


Published 12:28 p.m. ET July 17, 2017 | Updated 3:32 p.m. ET July 17, 2017

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — He is the poster boy of the upcoming British Open, his flowing hair and stubbly face adorning the banners draped across lamp-posts on the approaches to Royal Birkdale.

Tommy Fleetwood has the looks of a rock star and the popularity of one in this seaside town in northwest England, especially this week.

Golf’s oldest major is back in Southport for the first time since 2008 and, in Fleetwood, one of the sport’s rising stars, the locals have one of their own to cheer for.

“I’ll have the most support I’ve ever had in my life, from people I’ve grown up with, friends, family, you name it,” Fleetwood said on Monday. “It’s going to be a different experience, for sure.”

Growing up, Fleetwood lived in a house just round the corner from Royal Birkdale. The place always held a mystical quality to a golf-loving kid who…

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