Fleetwood cards fine 65 to share Open lead

Tommy Fleetwood of England plays from the fairway in the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie on Friday

Fleetwood holds the course record at Carnoustie after shooting a 63 here a year ago, and Friday's effort is the best ever for the second round of a British Open on the notoriously tough Scottish links.

The 27-year-old Englishman, whose 63 at last year's Alfred Dunhill Links championship broke the Carnoustie course record, rattled in a 10-foot birdie at the 18th, his sixth of the day, to reach five-under at the tournament's halfway stage.

Having barely registered on the tournament radar on Thursday with a one-over par 72, Fleetwood's surge yesterday morning took The Open by surprise but not the Merseysider himself, who was over the moon with his work in tricky conditions at Carnoustie.

Fleetwood, who usually travels with his dog but said he and his wife Clare had brought their young son Franklin with them this time, added that he feels he can deal with expectations better now than at last year's Open at his local club Royal Birkdale.

"If I can hit it like I did today then, obviously, I'm going to have a lot of chances coming in over the weekend, and we'll see where that takes me".

"Yeah, it would be - it would be very special", said Fleetwood.

"I've never been anywhere near before but after two rounds, I'm up on the leaderboard. I struggled tee to green in the first round but I spent some time on the range and just hit it a lot better", he said. He then birdied the 11th and tapped in a three-footer to gain another stroke on the 14th.

Fleetwood said that his stunning final round in the US Open at the ultra-demanding Shinnecock Hills had given him enormous belief in his ability to be a contender at a major.

"I felt very comfortable out there".

"We just were in the strangest spots possible on the golf course, you know, where we didn't think we would be". I figured looking at the board isn't going to do me any good and I was just happy to claw my way back in a little bit.

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

That Fleetwood hadn't even considered shooting such a low score was, he says, "an indication of how good it was".

Locke, a protege of 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie, shot a two-over-par 73 in his second round to make it just inside the cut on three-over.

Related News:



Most liked

Star Golfer Reveals He Played Today’s Final Round Hungover
Justin Rose mastered the 18th to become the best of English but Eddie Pepperell's work in the 19th was the talk of the pub. Pepperell then trailed off in a moment of attractive comic timing as he noticed Tiger Woods' score at time of recording.

Trader Joe's, Hollywood: LAPD Report Possible Hostage Situation
Los Angeles police handcuffed a man outside a Trader Joe's on Saturday evening, bringing an end to the hostage standoff situation. The city's police department was also put on tactical alert during the ordeal. "She was pronounced dead at the scene".

Woods creates buzz at Carnoustie with 66 at British Open
He ended up carding a one under par 70 to finish -6, which proved a frustrating total in the light of Molinari's exploits. The Independent report that the fan also made an offensive gesture towards Woods before staff asked him to leave.

Mega Man 11 Trailer Showcases Fight with Torch Man
Mega Man: Fully Charged teleports its way to television on Cartoon Network Sunday, August 5. Ben 10 creators Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T.

Possible salmonella contamination causes a number of food recalls in Atlantic provinces
While the rice products are sold across Canada, the recall affects only products sold in eastern Canada. The recall comes amid a flurry of food product recalls affecting Loblaws and Ritz products.

Mavs are closing in on Yogi Ferrell deal
As a second-year player in 2017-18, Ferrell played all 82 games, starting 21, and averaged 10.2 points and 2.5 assists. Supporting FREE coverage of IU Athletics operated by an IN based small business has never been easier.

Justin Rose just two behind at #TheOpen after superb 64
They do not tee off until mid-afternoon Saturday, one shot ahead of Tommy Fleetwood , Pat Perez and Xander Schauffele. The problem for Rose is that in addition to him playing well, the course is also playing much easier.

Deschamps wants to see a Frenchman lift the Ballon d'Or
I especially hope that it will be a French player due to the fact that it's a World Cup year and they are world champions. France won their second World Cup trophy after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final in Russian Federation .

Judge Jeanine Pirro to Whoopi Goldberg: ‘Let’s Agree to Disagree’
Pirro also thanked Goldberg for complementing her new book, which helped boost it to number one on Amazon . And clearly you don't watch the show, so you don't know that I don't suffer from that.

Atletico Madrid table offer to Chelsea for Olivier Giroud
Chelsea are also interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus which will further cast doubt over Giroud's future. It read: "From Grenoble to Istres". "What a journey you've had, Olivier - we're all so pleased for you".

Blast hits Kabul airport on return of exiled Afghan vice president
Mr Danish said the victims included both civilians and military forces. The explosion killed 14 people and left 60 others. He has denied the accusations.

USA senators push sanctions to send Putin message on election interference
Schiff classified Trump's face-to-face summit with Putin with only translators present as being "productive for Vladimir Putin ". In turn, national security experts said, Putin played Trump like a fiddle.

Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings agree to 3-year deal
In 13 starts that month, Bjelica averaged 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.4 percent from 3-point range. The Kings have reached out to free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica about signing with the team, a league source confirmed.

Manchester City keeper Joe Hart eager for permanent move after two loans
I've got other people trying to sort other things out for me in terms of a direction. I'm supposed to be here so this is where I put in all my energy.

Neymar: I am 100 percent with PSG
I have been aware of this responsibility, not only for Brazil, but also in club fotball, since I was 17, 18 years old. My football is to dribble, to face the opponent. "I'm one hundred percent with PSG,"he said to reporters".