Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

The Open 2018: Tommy Fleetwood takes an early lead, Rory McIlroy argues

Fleetwood makes his third birdie of the day
The 147th Open Championship
Location: Carnoustie, Scotland Dates: July 19-22
Cover: Live About BBC Radio, Highlights on BBC TV and Online, Live Text Commentaries and Clips on the BBC Sports Website

England's Tommy Fleetwood is a shot of the clubhouse leadership at The Open Championship as Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is also in disputes A rainy second day in Carnoustie.

Fleetwood, 27, rode a six-under par 65 to go down to fifth with night leader Kevin Kisner.

McIlroy, who offers for his first major since 2014, is one shot back on four under for a second consecutive 69th.

Zach Johnson, the 2015 champion, is the clubhouse leader after a 67th

The 42-year-old Americans drew six under par for the tournament and recovered from an opening bogey with five birdies and no more dropped shots.

"The love of this s Above all, the love for this golf course and the style of the links golfs are difficult to put into words," said Johnson.

"I totally accepted it, I totally accepted that, it was good enough, but it is not given, I have to get out there and execute, and I have to fight."

The conditions for the later starters on the East Coast Scotland seems to be improving after gray skies and lingering rain have hampered morning tees

It was a stark contrast to the dry and sunny conditions on Thursday, making Fleetwood's round even more impressive.

Dustin Johnson, another early starter, will be the first world number one since England's Luke Donald in 2011 to face the 1965 opening rounds with a victory over 72 and the sixth victory, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the 2016 champion, Also in danger is to miss the weekend. over three he was left over by three.

Fleetwood recovers after hitting

Fleetwood is aiming for his first major title after narrowing down at the US Open last month, where he lost to champion Brooks Koepka a dazzling final round of 63-t has the lowest score in the history of the tournament.

World No. 10 ranked at half-time with a great round that did not have a single bogey.

After rolling a 1'72 on Thursday, he cleared them with a birdie on the fourth and moved under par for the tournament with another on the fifth.

He completed the front nine with another birdie and added three more on the back half, including one on the 18th

Fleetwood holds the course record at Carnoustie after the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October 63rd

" It was a fight on Thursday, "he said. "I did not really hit it, I did the garbage most of yesterday.

" We worked a good hour last night and we played better. It was a really good round of golf.

"I came out of the selection and felt better and clearer, and I thought that if I could make it below average for the tournament, it would be a great day."

McIlroy happy after a very different schedule

Rory McIlroy saves "brilliant" birdie

McIlroy, 29, is a four-time major winner but has not won any of the sport's biggest awards since the 2014 PGA Championships.

After an opening number 69, the world's number eight with this round of four birdies on his card along with dropped shots on the 12th and 15th holes.

"I would have taken a second round out of two before you go out today," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The conditions are not bad, but bad enough to think that I have to have a very different schedule."

"When these modern riders get wet, there's not too much spin on the ball, so I have The driver was not very hit and had to play the course as it should be played. [19659016] Analysis

Ken Brown, BBC commentator and former European Tour player

It's amazing how conditions have changed since yesterday, when the rain has really softened the course The fairways are still a bit fiery, but they are not that bad and gave the players a chance to hit the flags, and despite the rain, it was beneficial to score points.

Rory McIlroy certainly benefits from it He was not as aggressive as he was yesterday and was a little more defensive for two reasons: first, the ball would not go that far, and second, the rough is a bit firmer when you're in it because it's a bit wet and mushy. Very sensible golf.

Most impressive was Tommy Fleetwood, who played one of those rounds, he took complete control, his iron shots were glorious, he took every opportunity that came his way bot and he unloaded well.

Under the conditions that already look brighter, we might see one or two more points competing with his outstanding 65.

Back-to-back birdies for & # 39; perfect & # 39; Tiger Woods

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