Fleetwood sets hot pace with 65 at Players Championship

Florence Fletcher
March 16, 2019

Fleetwood set a target when he piled up six birdies on the more hard front nine for his bogey-free 65 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Fleetwood and Bradley lead South Korea's Byeong Hun An and American Brian Harman (66) by one, while four-time major victor Rory McIlroy is five under courtesy of a 67.

No one played better last year than Webb Simpson, who built such a big lead in tying the 54-hole record that he shot a 73 in the final round - the highest Sunday score by a PGA Tour victor last year - and still won by four shots.

"I've played well here in the past and if I drive it well that's a massive key for me".

"The sense of achievement winning the Players, to beat such a strong field on a very demanding course, is an absolute highlight of my career". "I feel like good shots weren't always rewarded with the way the course was playing".

Bradley matched the score with an eagle, six birdies and single a bogey in the afternoon.

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"Expectation's a tricky thing".

"I'm going to have to get up to six (under) or better to feel like I'm not way back heading into the weekend". He missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning past year from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.

"I'm comfortable with my game, doing everything well", said the Northern Irishman, who for all his good play this year is yet to win.

Baddeley has the dubious stat of hitting most balls in the water surrounding the 133-yard hole than any competitor since 2003 - rinsing 13 shots.

Tiger Woods was among those with a late tee time.

While Rose dropped three shots in one hole, Harris English, an American despite his name, picked up the same number with an albatross at the par-five 11th, where his second shot from 235 yards landed softly a couple of paces in front of the cup and rolled in.

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