Tommy Fleetwood will hope to carry on the form from his top-20 finish in the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he starts his Players Championship bid.

In search of his first PGA Tour win, Fleetwood has an impressive record at TPC Sawgrass.

Known as the “Fifth Major”, the Southport player has two top 10 finishes, one of which was a top five.

At a difficult and windy Bay Hill, the 31-year-old finished with a 74 (+2) to finish +3 for the tournament.

The Englishman bogeyed the final hole of the competition, but it ultimately didn’t cost him.

Fleetwood will hope to improve, however, on last year’s finish at the Players this week. He failed to make the cut last year.

He will also have to improve on his -2 average at the tournament.

Fleetwood, currently 49th ranked player in the world, has a best finish so far this year of tied-seventh at the Zozo Championship.

Fleetwood is only an outside favourite in a very strong field.

He will have to beat the challenges from world number one Jon Rahm, two-time major winner Collin Morikawa and former Players champions Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy.

And of course the biggest challenge of all, the 17th par three island green at the Ponte Vedre Beach course.

Fleetwood has not found the 17th a challenge in previous years, as in the practice round in 2020, the Englishman got a hole-in-one.

But the tournament was cancelled two days later due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Conquering the Sawgrass test will give him great momentum with the Masters tournament on the horizon in April.

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