Tommy Fleetwood Defends Nedbank Golf Challenge Title In South Africa

Fleetwood's last Tour victory came here three years ago
10:19, 14 Nov 2022

Tommy Fleetwood retained his Nedbank Golf Challenge title by winning the 2022 event at Sun City in South Africa.

This was the first time the tournament had been held in three years where the Englishman claimed his last Tour victory. Fleetwood carded 67 in the final round to finish on 11 under, one shot clear of New Zealand's Ryan Fox’s 68. Both players were level going into the 18th, but Fleetwood shot a par four, while Fox bogeyed the hole with a five.

Fleetwood started the day three shots behind the leaders and his final round included an eagle on the 14th, four birdies and a bogey. His victory followed an announcement made last week that Fleetwood will captain Great Britain and Ireland in next year’s inaugural Hero Cup.

Fleetwood was overcome with emotion after he defended his title. He said: "It's been a great week. I already had so many great memories from this place and felt like I had a great connection to it, so this just added to that."

Play was hindered on Friday because of bad weather which also affected Sunday, while Fleetwood was also feeling unwell during the event.

"It's amazing that we got four rounds in in the end," he added. "I felt great when we came back out. 

"It was touch and go on Thursday morning and then on Friday I felt like I had nothing in me at all. I didn't really sleep that night, really poorly again.

"The doctor, he has been amazing because without him there was no chance on Thursday I would have played."

The win moved Fleetwood to fourth in the DP World Tour rankings, with compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick third. Fox is in second spot while Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy leads the standings.

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