Tommy Fleetwood admits he has no problem with being talked about as a contender
Fleetwood grew up just down the road from Royal Birkdale, a course he used to sneak on as a kid with his father Pete to hone his skills.
But his meteoric rise up the world rankings after clinching the French Open two weeks ago, and overall a tremendous six months on the tour, mixed with his home support has put him among the favourites to lift the famous Claret Jug on Sunday.
And instead of letting the level of expectation and huge support affect him, Fleetwood insists he remains calm about his chances.
“A lot more people are recognising me now but nothing too mad," Fleetwood said.
"Someone recognised me in Altrincham market the other day but I’ve not spotted anyone fainting or anything!
Tommy Fleetwood used to sneak into Royal Birkdale to hone his skills along with his father
The expectation levels are big but I’d rather it be that way than come here as a no-hoper
“The expectation levels are big but I’d rather it be that way than come here as a no-hoper.
“People are talking about me as a contender now and I’ll settle for that.”
He added: “I’ve thought about winning The Open since I was five so why a few more days won’t make any difference.
“It’s very flattering and it doesn’t affect me. The one thing I learned about myself from the US Open was that when I woke up on the Saturday and Sunday mornings I knew deep inside that that I could do it.
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“I felt comfortable. So if the time comes again where I’m contending I know I can do it and that’s a great feeling.”
His down-to-earth demeanour will only endear himself further to the Birkdale crowd who will no doubt give him the biggest cheer of the championship.
But while the streets are lined with banners showing their support for the 26-year-old, Fleetwood has revealed how his father is helping him remain grounded.
“My face is on a lot of lamp posts,” Fleetwood said. “My old school did a ‘good luck’ banner which makes you feel really nice.
Tommy Fleetwood lifted the French Open two weeks ago and is now ranked No.14 in the world
“My dad is really proud but he’s just the same as he’s always been. He talks more about his golf than mine – he’s down to ten handicap again.”
He added: "In just over two months my life is going to change forever.
“My life is just fantastic at the moment. Now to be playing in The Open at this course where I used to sneak on as a lad, with all my family, friends and everyone cheering me on, is unreal.
“It’s going to be an unforgettable experience that’s for sure. I’ll have the most support I’ve ever had in my life. It’s going to be a great week for me no matter what.
“The thing is now I have the mindset with golf that nothing scares me. I’m happy on the course and off it and that plays a massive part in how you deal with things.”