Tommy Fleetwood has been appointed an ambassador for England Golf, the amateur governing body which gave the 31-year-old the platform to become a Ryder Cup star, a British Olympian and a five-time winner on the DP World Tour.

Fleetwood joins LPGA Tour winner and former English Women’s Amateur champion, Bronte Law, as an England Golf ambassador, with the pair keen to see as many people as possible – from elite amateur players to beginners of all ages – participating in the game they love.

The Englishman is incredibly proud of his amateur background and the role England Golf played in helping him achieve his goal of becoming one of the best players in the world.

He already plays a huge role in promoting and developing golf in his hometown of Southport, having opened the Tommy Fleetwood Academy at Formby Hall in 2019. To date, almost 600 kids have taken part at the Academy.

“I’m coming into that part of my life where I want to, and I’m in the fortunate position of being able to, give something back to the game,” said Fleetwood.

“I’m doing that already with my own academy, but I have such a long and happy association with the English Golf Union, as it was known when I played, that I wanted to get more involved.

“I feel a great affinity to England Golf because of the times I enjoyed as an amateur.

“I got to travel the world, make friends for life, and represent my country. I see becoming an ambassador as a chance to be a part of it again and help others to enjoy what I did as a younger golfer.”

As a team player at amateur level, Fleetwood was an outstanding success with England in the Home Internationals for both boys’ and men’s squads – as well as winning a European Team title with England in 2010.

Individually, Fleetwood is as proud of his victory in the 2010 English Men’s Amateur Championship and his ascent to number one on the World Amateur Golf Rankings as he is of any of his professional wins.

As an ambassador for England Golf, Tommy will use his profile to help the governing body spread positive messages about the game to a wide and diverse audience as well as lend his support and knowledge to England national teams.

“Coming on board with England Golf to help promote the game in whatever way I can is just pretty cool,” smiled Fleetwood.

“Even now on Tour, whenever I come across players from my England amateur days, we always have that connection and bond, so to be able to impart any help I can to the young English players will be something I think I will really enjoy.

“Golf is now what I do for a living and allows me to provide for my family, but you don’t have to be one of the best players in the world for golf to make you feel good. “If you are five or 95 there’s something in it for everyone.”

Jeremy Tomlinson, chief executive of England Golf, is thrilled to have Tommy’s full backing as the governing body steps up its drive to encourage more and more people to get into golf.

He said: “For us, it’s an honour that Tommy has decided to become one of our ambassadors and help current and future generations of golfers develop their love of the game.

“Tommy plays the game with a smile on his face – but has that inner steel possessed by all great winners.

“It’s exciting for England Golf to be able to work alongside a man and golfer of his calibre and to have him play a part in amplifying the message that golf is a sport for anyone and everyone.

“Every golfer – from a beginner to those at England squad level – can only be inspired by what Tommy does, both inside and outside the ropes, as a true champion of the game.”

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