European Tour, Race to Dubai leader, Tommy Fleetwood has withdrawn from this weeks British Masters field ahead of the birth of his child.

The world number seventeen is reeling off the back of a stellar year, with two titles under his belt already, and leads Masters champion Sergio Garcia by 1,000,000 points as number one in the Race to Dubai.

Fleetwood’s season was set alight after his fourth-place finish at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, five shots behind Brooks Koepka, before he broke into the world’s top twenty after his HNA French Open win.

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Compiling a further two runner-up finishes and four top tens the Englishman has decided to stay home instead of taking the gamble and travel to Close House.

The pride of Southport confirmed his attendance three weeks ago, alongside fellow British star Andy Sullivan to Sky Sports, with this news coming as a shock just as much to him:

“I wanted to give myself every chance of playing this week.”

Being at the birth of your child is a special moment. I wouldn’t want to miss it.

“Lee Westwood has done a great job as tournament host of the British Masters and I want to wish him and everyone else involved all the best for what should be a great week.”

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“I look forward to returning to playing soon and hopefully can have a strong end to the season and compete for the Race to Dubai title.”

Looking ahead Fleetwood’s next tour start is forecast for the Alfred Dunhill Links championship starting on the 5th October.

He is set to take centre stage and be crowned Race to Dubai leader at the DP Tour World championship in November.t before then three Rolex series events and one World Golf Championship stand in his way, where the chasing pack can gain ground.

But before then three Rolex series events and one World Golf Championship stand in his way, where the chasing pack can gain ground.

2017 Race to Dubai: Top Ten

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  1. Tommy Fleetwood
  2. Sergio Garcia
  3. Jon Rahm
  4. Rafa Cabrera Bello
  5. Alex Noren
  6. Francesco Molinari
  7. Justin Rose
  8. Ross Fisher
  9. Bernd Wiesberger
  10. Rory McIlroy

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