Tommy Fleetwood had one of the better rounds at the PGA Championship on Friday. Now, he will take that momentum into the weekend.
Tommy Fleetwood has not played a great deal of golf on the PGA Tour this season. But that did not stop him in Friday’s PGA Championship second round as Fleetwood went low to find himself in contention at the season’s first major.
Fleetwood is playing in just his ninth PGA Tour event of the season, and just his third since the coronavirus stopped tour play in March. And this week’s showing has been his best since the tour break nearly five months ago.
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The Englishman made his first start since March at the 3M Open last month, where he missed the cut. He followed that with a tie for 35th last week at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
He didn’t seem to be showing any signs of trending in the right direction, even through Thursday’s first round at the PGA Championship, where he shot an even-par round of 70. But on Friday, Fleetwood found the game that he’s been looking for over the last few months.
The 29-year-old Fleetwood started on the back nine and immediately birdied the 10th hole to get 1-under after just one hole. He would record pars on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes before his second birdie, this one on the 14th hole, moved him to 2-under on his round.
Fleetwood would par the 15th hole before another birdie, this one at the 16th hole, moved him to 3-under on the day. He parred the 17th hole before closing his first nine with a birdie at the 18th hole, shooting a 4-under par 31 on his first nine holes.
The momentum carried to the front nine, where Fleetwood started with a birdie on the first hole to get to 5-under on the day. However, he would bogey the second hole, his only blemish of the day, to slip back to 4-under par.
Fleetwood then parred the third hole before a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole moved him back to 5-under par. He would record one more birdie, on the seventh hole, to get to 6-under, where he finished his round.
This is Fleetwood’s 19th career start in a major championship, and he’s been close to winning before. He was fourth at the 2017 U.S. Open, then finished second in the U.S. Open in 2018. He was also second at the Open Championship last season.
The talented Fleetwood will likely win a major one day and this could be the week. Especially if he plays the weekend the way he played on Friday.