The Open 2018: Tommy Fleetwood eyes
|The 147th Open Championship|
|Venue: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: 19-22 July|
|Protection: Reside throughout BBC Radio, highlights on BBC TV and on-line, dwell textual content commentaries on BBC web site.|
England’s Tommy Fleetwood says he would select The Open if he needed to choose “one match in my life to win” after transferring into competition at Carnoustie.
The 27-year-old world quantity 10 shot a six-under-par 65 on Friday to sit down 5 below.
He’s bidding to change into the primary Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1992 to elevate the Claret Jug.
“It could be very particular. I am unable to lie about it,” stated Fleetwood. “I’ve by no means been anyplace close to earlier than.”
Fleetwood started his second spherical on Friday at one over par, however surged into competition with an outstanding show in moist situations on the Scottish hyperlinks.
He’s aiming for his first main title after coming shut on the US Open final month, the place he fell a shot in need of champion Brooks Koepka regardless of a scintillating final-round 63 – the joint-lowest rating within the match’s historical past.
Fleetwood, who’s the course report holder at Carnoustie, put himself into competition on the midway stage of his residence main with an outstanding spherical which didn’t characteristic a single bogey.
Final yr was the primary time in 4 makes an attempt he had prevented lacking the reduce at The Open, happening to complete tied 27th on his native course, Royal Birkdale.
However he stays cautious about his possibilities over the weekend at Carnoustie, regardless of pushing himself among the many entrance runners.
“We’re solely midway by means of the match, sadly,” stated Fleetwood, who has gained 4 European Tour titles in his profession.
“There is not any level interested by the top sport. Thirty-six holes is a very long time.
“In the present day’s been a spherical the place I’ve put myself again within the match and I’ve simply bought to maneuver on from there actually.
“If I can hit it like I did in the present day, then clearly I will have loads of possibilities coming in over the weekend and we’ll see the place that takes me.”
McIlroy able to ‘go down swinging’
Rory McIlroy, the 2014 Open champion, is a shot behind Fleetwood at 4 below and the Northern Irishman stated he was ready “to go down swinging” by adopting an aggressive strategy over the weekend.
The four-time main champion was in second place going into the ultimate spherical of the Masters in April however a two-over 74 on the ultimate day dropped him out of competition – and he acknowledged remorse at not being extra aggressive then.
“Sunday at Augusta was an enormous studying curve once more for me, as a result of even when I hadn’t gained that match, however I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to each shot, I might have walked away quite a bit happier,” he stated.
“So I am dedicated to creating certain, even when I do not play my finest golf and do not shoot the scores I would like, I will go down swinging, and I will go down giving it my finest.”
He added: “I really feel like there are low rounds in me. If I can get on a run or get off to a quick begin within the subsequent couple of days, I undoubtedly see one thing like a 66 or a 65. I believe I am able to that.”