For Tommy Fleetwood, 63 is clearly the magic quantity. After taking pictures such a rating at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Shinnecock Hills in latest occasions, he added fabled Firestone to his starry record on Friday to share the midway lead with fellow Englishman Ian Poulter and world No three Justin Thomas on the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – his dad Pete’s favorite match.
‘We used to observe the occasion collectively after I was rising up and final 12 months he could not wait to have his photograph taken below the long-lasting water tower formed like a golf ball that has Firestone written on it,’ stated Fleetwood.
‘I do know this spherical could have introduced a smile to his face.’ It left his son positively beaming, as he mirrored on his newest wondrous 63. ‘It could be a pleasant pattern to maintain going, would not it?’ he stated. ‘If solely I might do it twice per week often!’
Tommy Fleetwood seems to be in management on the golf course but once more this summer season
Fleetwood has added Firestone to his record of programs that he has managed to tame
Fleetwood is specializing in a PGA Tour win as the following step in his speedy development over the previous 18 months. ‘If it got here in a WGC occasion then a lot the higher, for after the majors, it is these occasions, the Gamers in Florida and the PGA at Wentworth which can be subsequent on my precedence record,’ he stated.
Poulter was one other contented camper, after following up his good 62 on Thursday – his lowest rating in 781 rounds on the PGA Tour – with a formidable 67.
‘It isn’t simple following up a low rating, you recognize the emotions you had someday are usually not going to be precisely the identical the following,’ he stated. ‘However I am swinging nicely and proud of my place. It must be an thrilling weekend.’
Ian Poulter can also be having success at Firestone after an excellent opening spherical for him
Justin Thomas, together with Fleetwood and Poulter, is on the high of the leaderboard at Firestone
The 42-year-old is bearing down on Paul Casey for the final computerized spot for Europe’s Ryder Cup crew, with this occasion and subsequent week’s USPGA Championship principally deciding the result.
‘I might love to say an computerized spot however, fairly frankly, I do not care how I make the crew, so long as I am in Paris carrying that Europe jersey,’ stated Poulter. ‘It is as much as me to maintain enjoying nicely.’
The ultimate WGC occasion at Firestone seems set for a becoming farewell with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy – who can be enjoying companions for the primary two rounds of the USPGA Championship subsequent week – amongst these lurking.
Woods did not have a lot luck however is barely 5 behind after a 68, whereas McIlroy holed a bunker shot on the 17th and birdied the final as nicely for a 67 to be simply three adrift. For Open Champion Frankie Molinari, nevertheless, the opening two days have been understandably exhausting work, as he got here again to earth with rounds of 70, 72.
Rory McIlroy is three pictures adrift however has likelihood of success going into the weekend