English golfer Fleetwood combining work and wedding in Bahamas
By Bharat Sharma
Albany (Bahamas), Nov 30 (PTI) Couples usually come to the Bahamas on their honeymoon but English golfer Tommy Fleetwood has decided to buck the trend by getting married in the beautiful archipelago after completing his maiden appearance at the Hero World Challenge here this week.
Being on the road for major part of the year, world number 18 Fleetwood said the Bahamian wedding plan just fell into place.
"So we talked about when we knew that I could get into the tournament before the final deadline had been in, we sort of said -- me and Clare said that if we got into the tournament, it would be a great place to get married.
"So I'm actually getting married on Tuesday here, so missing the tournament wasn't really an option," quipped Fleetwood when asked about taking some time off this week considering the hectic season he has had.
It indeed has been a hectic year for the 26-year-old but also the most successful of his professional career that saw him climb to world's top 20 from 99 at the start of the season.
Fleetwood confirmed the wedding will also be attended by his more experienced compatriot Justin Rose, who too is competing in the Hero World Challenge.
By now, all Fleetwood knows is that the wedding ceremony will take place on a beach but the exact location will be picked by his soon to be wife.
"Actually, I think she's deciding that today. She was looking at like two or three different options again. Again, so that's not really my choice but I will be there. Wherever she tells me to be, I will be there," he said.
Adding excitement to Fleetwood's time here is the presence of Tiger Woods, who is returning to action after a nine-month absence.
"Well, I obviously bumped into him at tournaments over the years when he's come to play in Dubai or might have played the odd similar major or said hello in passing. Never had a conversation really until yesterday so that was the first time I had a proper full conversation.
"So it was nice to actually meet him in full rather than just saying hi and walking past and doing what you do when you're at tournament, which is great, yeah."
On what was the conversation about, he said: "He told me I had been awesome this year, which is kind of cool. And then we were just talking about normal stuff.
"He asked me when I was going to get my hair cut and actually I had my hair cut yesterday or the day before and he didn't believe me. Just a trim. Just normal stuff, so it was cool to have that little bit of time," said Fleetwood referring to his long locks