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Fleetwood preparing for changes in golf

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MADRID (AP) Tommy Fleetwood is playing again after a long layoff, and he's preparing himself for the expected structural changes in the game brought about by the Saudi-funded LIV Golf tour.

Fleetwood will play for the first time at the Spanish Open this week, his third tournament following the death of his mother. The 30th-ranked Englishman is one of two top-30 players in the field, along with local favorite Jon Rahm, ranked sixth.

For Fleetwood, returning to his best form quickly and earning good results again is crucial as the golfing world goes through turmoil following the creation of LIV Golf and ahead of the likely changes that may affect rankings and how points are awarded to players.

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