Fleetwood tames Carnoustie again with 65
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.Reuters | Updated: 20-07-2018 18:35 IST | Created: 20-07-2018 18:35 IST
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.
It was a remarkable round considering no other player in the day's first seven groups managed a sub-70 round as heavy rain took the pace out of the bone-hard fairways.
"Today's been a round where I've put myself back in the tournament, and I've just got to move on from there really.
"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."
"I've never been anywhere near it before. It would be something to have in my career that would be amazing by the time I'm done."
Fleetwood's charge began with birdies at the fourth and fifth and he grabbed another at the ninth when a 30-foot putt dropped. He then birdied the 11th and tapped in a three-footer to gain another stroke on the 14th.
Not even the formidable closing four holes could throw Fleetwood off and he hit a peach of a drive down the 18th fairway to set him up for a closing birdie and the lowest round so far at this year's Open.
Despite his low score, Fleetwood said he never felt fully comfortable on the course.
"Normally when you play great, you know where the ball's gone. A lot of the shots, I was just looking up, and I was really happy that they were going straight," he said.
"I never felt at ease all day. But the ball was doing what I wanted it to do."
Perfectionist Fleetwood said he would be on the range later making some tweaks for what could be a seismic weekend.
"It still didn't feel right where I'd like it to be. So I'll try and do a little bit more work on that later, but it was a lot closer," he said.
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