Tommy Fleetwood moves into contention on day two at The Open

Paola Ditto
Luglio 23, 2018

The 27-year old clearly loves this course, setting a course record 63 at last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championships. - Joint leader ZACH JOHNSON on outdoing his better-known namesake.

Fleetwood's round was remarkable considering no other player in the day's first seven groups managed a sub-70 score as heavy rain took the pace out of the bone-hard fairways.

Fleetwood, who with his long hair and beard seems like a throwback to the 1960s, says if there is one Major he would like to win, it is this one, the only one played outside the United States and which has not been won by an Englishman since Nick Faldo in 1992.

"Yeah, it would be - it would be very special", said Fleetwood. If I could pick one tournament in my life to win, it would be The Open.

Locke would follow in the footsteps of four-time Major victor Rory McIlroy, who won the Silver Medal the last time the Open was held at Carnoustie in 2007.

"I had the odd chance yesterday, but I was never really that close enough to making them".

"I feel like there is low rounds in me". It is the first time that I was playing in the weekend at The Open.

He also said that his stunning final round in the US Open at the ultra-demanding Shinnecock Hills had given him huge belief in his ability to be a contender at a Major. "But to be a part of history was really cool. I don't think you can get a much tougher test than Shinnecock or Carnoustie really".

Tommy Fleetwood of England lines up a putt on the 13th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie Scotland Fr
Tommy Fleetwood of England lines up a putt on the 13th green during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie Scotland Fr

Fleetwood, however, said he never felt fully comfortable on the course.

No-one knows if he was going for the birdie or an approach shot, but the ball only needed to bounce once before nestling in the hole to the delight of the crowd.

"It was a very strong round, and I hit a lot of good shots, and probably six-under - when you're out there, you hit the shots, and when you come in, you think, yeah, that was really, really good, and it will be a tough score".

"So it never really - I never felt at ease all day". But the ball was doing what I wanted it to do.

At least Fleetwood has a weekend to look forward to.

The US Open runner-up made a confident start as he followed three pars with birdies at the fourth and fifth, and another at the ninth took him to the turn in 33 before he got further putts to drop at 111 and 14.

It was on this day in 2015 at St Andrews that Fleetwood began to unravel with a second round 76 to miss the cut and trigger a decline that would see him fall outside the top 200.

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