Tommy Fleetwood makes fine start to the Players Championship


It carries the prestige and the purse to stack up to the PGA Tour's premier tournaments, and TPC Sawgrass, one of golf's iconic courses, provides the flawless backdrop for Tiger Woods and the sport's biggest stars up and down the leaderboard. "Driving is a strength for me normally and if you put it in play all the time in general you have a big advantage".

After following a three-putt at the 17th (his eighth) with an 18 footer for birdie at the first, the Clara man three putted the fourth and bogeyed the fifth but then made a 36 footer for a two at the 233-yard eighth before finishing with a par five.

Fleetwood and Bradley shot seven-under 65s to lead by one stroke in the clubhouse from South Korea's Byeong Hun An and left-hander Brian Harman as world number one Dustin Johnson posted a 69 and Tiger Woods holed over 100 feet of putts in a 70. "I've done a good job of keeping myself in it", Fleetwood told reporters.

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said. It really doesn't matter if you hit the water or the green at that point, it's just an incredibly feeling playing a hole where some of the legends have hit incredible shots that live in the memories of the game forever. 'I feel good. I needed last week off. It's a massive key around here and then I started picking a few shots up.

He believes a maiden PGA Tour win is within his grasp. "I've forgotten already what I did a year ago and it's a new tournament this week". "In the past I haven't hit the ball all that straight".

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"Expectation's a tricky thing".

Baddeley, who has eight missed cuts from 14 appearances, attributes his poor play at the 17th, and TPC Sawgrass in general, to tinkering with his golf swing too often.

"I have played a lot in Africa, so I am really used to the altitude here, I know how far the ball is going, and my caddy was really good today", added Hoey, who is seeking to regain his card with a sixth European Tour win.

Armed with a new trophy, the first of its kind in sports and the fourth different prize to be handed out at this tournament, The Players will also boast the largest purse in the game's history.

It's not the first time Woods has asked someone to look at him.